HC Deb 03 March 2003 vol 400 c866W
Ms Oona King

To ask the Deputy Prime Minister (1) when each of the new Regional Housing Boards will first meet; and how often they will be expected to meet each year; [99167]

(2) what plans he has to issue further guidance to the new Regional Housing Boards (a) collectively and (b) individually; [99169]

(3) which organisations and individuals have been invited to sit on each of the new Regional Housing Boards; [99166]

(4) what the arrangements will be for the new Regional Housing Boards to consult with interested parties. [99168]

Mr. McNulty

Government and Housing Corporation Regional Offices, the Regional Assembly, the Regional Development Agency and English Partnership will be represented on the Regional Housing Board. Further membership of the board, the timing and frequency of its meetings and the arrangements for consulting with other interested parties are a matter for agreement within the region. The composition of the board is still being finalised in some regions. The Office of the Deputy Prime Minister expects to work closely with Regional Housing Boards in the coming months to ensure the new arrangements are implemented successfully.