HC Deb 21 May 2002 vol 386 c208W
16. Mr. Swayne

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what plans he has to extend the role of regional planning authorities. [55542]

Ms Keeble

We propose to strengthen regional planning by replacing Regional Planning Guidance with Regional Spatial Strategies. These would have statutory status and focus on strategic issues. These will be more fully integrated with other regional strategies and have an important sub-regional dimension.