HC Deb 20 March 2001 vol 365 c120W
Mr. Waterson

To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions when he will(a) publish green and white papers on regional governance and (b) introduce referendums to allow the creation of directly-elected regional assemblies. [153770]

Ms Beverley Hughes

We remain committed to move to directly-elected regional assemblies where there is support as demonstrated in referendums. As a first step, we would expect to undertake a public consultation exercise on the way forward.