§ Andrew George
To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, pursuant to his answer of 23 October 2002,Official Report, columns 389–90W. how he defines the word stakeholder; and if he will list the categories of stakeholders consulted. 
§ Mr. Raynsford
'Your Region, Your Choice', the White Paper on regional governance, includes business, trade unions, the voluntary and community sectors, local authorities and other key partners in the public sector, and environmental groups as examples of stakeholders. However, the White Paper is not prescriptive. We would consider that any organisation with an interest in regional governance can be considered as a stakeholder.
The White Paper did not sound out particular stakeholders or groups of stakeholders for consultation. It invited anyone with views on stakeholder involvement with elected regional assemblies to submit their comments.