HC Deb 23 April 2004 vol 420 cc694-5W
Mr. Curry

To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will list the(a) dates and (b) venues of all meetings open to members of the public or by special invitation held in the (i) North East, (ii) North West and (iii) Yorkshire and the Humber organised by the relevant Government regional offices to discuss the Government's proposals to establish regional assemblies at which a Government Minister spoke; what the cost was of holding each meeting; how many (A) members of the public and (B) invitees attended; what the schedule is for future meetings; and what the budget is for each meeting in each of the relevant regions. [165977]

Date Venue Region Public Invitees Cost (£)
4 March 2004 Ewood Park, Blackburn North West 210 40 5,400
4 March 2004 Berwick Community High School, Berwick North East 55 65 6,600
18 March 2004 Pennine Theatre, Sheffield Hallam University Yorkshire and the Humber 68 67 10,300
25 March 2004 University of Newcastle North East 132 88 9,700
1 April 2004 Windsor Suite, Quality Royal Hotel, Hull Yorkshire and the Humber 180 170 6,900
5 April 2004 Liverpool Marriott City Centre Hotel North West 126 42 12,400
15 April 2004 Stonecross Manor Hotel, Kendal North West 179 31 5,100

Ministers have attended public meetings in Middlesbrough and Halifax on 22 April at estimated costs of £11,400 and £7,700 respectively.

Future meetings are being scheduled, but details of these meetings have yet to be finalised.

Date Venue Region Public Invitees Cost (£)
3 November 2003 Durham Castle North East 100 Total of 25,000
3 November 2003 St. William's College, York Yorkshire and the Humber 57
4 November 2003 The Village Hotel, Warrington North West 80
1 December 2003 The Door, Hanover St, Liverpool North West 15
4 December 2003 Town Hall, Barnsley Yorkshire and the Humber 31
22 January 2004 Midland Hotel, Manchester North West 400 3,200
23 January 2004 West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds Yorkshire and the Humber 240 6,000
23 January 2004 Vermont Hotel, Newcastle North East 120 6,200
29 January 2004 Speke, Parklands Youth Centre, North West 25–30 44
King George V College, Sefton North West 20
25 February 2004 North Manchester Chambers of Commerce, Bolton North West 30

Mr. Jenkin

To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what the total spending relating to the proposed elected regional assemblies by regional chambers has been in the(a) North West, (b) North East and (c) Yorkshire and the Humber; and, for each of these regions, what the total anticipated spending is for the period up to the regional referendums. [166561]

Mr. Raynsford

The Regional Chambers have not spent, and will not spend, any Government grant money campaigning for, publicising or promoting the case for an elected regional assembly. They are prohibited from doing so under the terms of their funding agreements, by which they receive Government grant.