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Regional Transport Studies

Baroness Hilton of Eggardon asked Her Majesty's Government:

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department of the Environment, Transport and the Regions (Lord Whitty): The consultation exercise with regional planning bodies launched on 10 December 1998 is now complete and we have received representations from all the regions. We want to take the studies forward in partnership with regional planning bodies in order to ensure that they are closely integrated with regional planning objectives. The study programme reflects regional priorities and will feed into the development of regional transport strategies as part of regional planning guidance. We are pleased that the responses we have received are generally in favour of our approach and in particular our determination to examine the contribution that all modes can make to the problems of congestion, environment and safety within the study areas.

We are now able to announce the final study programme which takes into account many of the regional planning bodies' proposals and to give more details about the timing of the studies:

    Multi-modal studies

    West Midlands to north-west Conurbation.

    London orbital.

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    Access to Hastings.


    West Midlands area.

    South and West Yorkshire motorway box.

    London to SW and South Wales.

    North-south movements in East Midlands.

    SE Manchester.

    Cambridge to Huntingdon.

    A.453 (M.1-Nottingham).

    Roads-based studies

    A.1 Bramham to Barton.

    A.66 safety.

    M.40/A.46 Longbridge roundabout.

    A.3 Hindhead.

    M.1 junction 19.

    A.419 Blunsdon.

    Tranche 2--to begin 2000-01

    Multi-modal studies

    Southampton to Folkestone.

    London to South Midlands.

    West Midlands to Nottingham.

    London to Reading.


    London to Ipswich.

    Roads-based studies

    Deeside Park junctions.

    Norwich to Great Yarmouth.

    A.5/A.483 Shrewsbury to Chester.

    A.38 Derby junctions.

    Provisional Tranche 3

    Multi-modal studies

    A.34 north from Southampton.

    A.47 west of Norwich.

    A.1 north of Newcastle.

The studies are divided into two categories--full multi-modal studies which will be taken forward by the Government Offices for the Regions in consultation with regional partners, and roads-based studies which, although they will take account of the contributions which can be made by other modes, are primarily directed at specific points on individual roads, and which will be led by the Highways Agency.

Work on most of the studies in Tranche 1 will begin this spring, with all of them commencing by the autumn. The length of time it will take to complete each study will vary depending on the complexity of the issues, but we expect that they will take, on average, two years to complete. As a first step, steering groups will be established, chaired by the Government Offices and to

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include representatives from the regional planning bodies, and other regional partners, to finalise the terms of reference for each study and the timescale for delivery. Tranche 2 studies need not wait for tranche 1 studies to be completed, and we expect to begin work on these in 2000-01.

The multi-model studies are not a one-off exercise. As we described in the recently published draft PPG11 Regional Planning, multi-modal studies of transport problems will be one of the major inputs to the development of regional transport strategies. Therefore in the future we expect regional planning bodies, rather than central Government, to commission and lead their own multi-modal studies. From some of the additional studies proposed by the regional planning bodies, we have identified a provisional third tranche of studies which could be taken forward in this way. The case for a study of the A.1 north of Newcastle will depend on the outcome of the current Highways Agency route management study.

Local Governance

Baroness Goudie asked Her Majesty's Government:

    Whether they intend to publish a draft Bill on political management structures and the new ethical framework for local government.[HL1687]

Lord Whitty: We intend tomorrow to lay before the House a paper describing new forms of local governance and including a draft of a Bill making provision for them. If enacted, the Bill would transform local government's political management structures and ethical framework. Local people would be able to choose forms of local governance with strong leadership for communities, powerful roles for all councillors and high standards of conduct.

Regional Development Agencies: Membership

Baroness Byford asked Her Majesty's Government:

    Whether they will name the members who have been appointed to the regional development agencies and indicate, where relevant, those who are political appointees and those who are rural representatives.[HL1526]

Lord Whitty: Table (a) below provides details of the chairmen and board members of the regional development agencies (RDAs).

Our primary concern in appointing the board members for the RDAs was to choose people who would make an effective contribution and that they should not consider themselves to be the delegates of any group or body but should take into account the interests of the region as a whole. Board members have a wide range of experience including business, local government, education, trade unions and the voluntary sectors. At least one member on each board can offer a strong rural perspective together with others who have

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relevant rural experience. Further details of members' relevant background experience and interests were published at the time of their appointment and placed in the Library of the House.

Political allegiance only played a part in the appointment process in the case of the local authority members. Table (b) provides details.

(a) RDA Chairmen and Board Members

East Midlands RDAYorkshire and Humber RDA
Derek Mapp (Chairman)Graham Hall (Chairman)
Jane BradfordMuriel Barker
Ted CassidyJulian Cummins
Graham ChapmanBrian Greenwood
Martin DoughtyRichard Gregory
Peter GadsbyLord Haskins
Gillian GardinerStephen Houghton
Len JacksonPaul Jagger
Bob MiddletonMichael Johnston
Peter MooreAdeebe Malik
Pat Morgan-WebbSir Gareth Roberts
Christine WoodPaul Shepherd
Pamela Warhurst
North East RDASouth West RDA
Dr. John Bridge (Chairman)Sir Michael Lickiss (Chairman)
Alistair ArkleyDoris Ansari
Kevin CurranCairns Boston
Barbara DennisEwen Cameron
Professor Derek FraserPeter Chalke
Phillip HughesNigel Costley
Richard MaudslayTudor Evans
John McCormackHelen Holland
Hugh Morgan-WilliamsMichael Leece
Miles MiddletonAlfred Morris
Rita StringfellowTim Parker
Sue WilsonStella Pirie
John WilliamsJeremy Pope
South East RDANorth West RDA
Allan Willett (Chairman)Lord Thomas of Macclesfield
Jim BakerMaggie Chadwick
Ken BodfishMike Doyle
Professor Clive BoothJohn Dunning
Barry CamfieldFelicity Goodey
Bryan DaviesClive Jeanes
Janis KongRichard Leese
Russ NathanAlan Manning
Winifred OliverDennis Mendoros
David RogersKath Reade
Sarah WardDr. Fred Ridley
Caroline WilliamsJudy Robinson
Kevin WilsonJames Ross
West Midlands RDAEastern RDA
Alex Stephenson (Chairman)Vincent Watts (Chairman)
Richard BarnesSal Brinton
Professor Kumar BhattacharyyaAlan Cherry
CBEPeter Dawe
Cllr. Michael BirdGreg Grant
Cllr. Albert BoreKen Lewis
Cllr. Sue DavisPeter Martin
Dr. Anthony Harris OBEChris Mole
James HuntRichard Powell
Professor Christine KingNeville Reyner
Cllr. David SparksJacqueline Russell
Sukvinder StubbsMarie Skinner
David ThompsonStelio Stefanou
Brian Woods-Scawen
Edward Roberts

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(b) RDA Board Members who are Local Authority Councillors

RegionCouncilPolitical Affiliation
Eastern RDA
Sal BrintonCambridgeshire County CouncilLiberal Democrat
Peter MartinEssex County CouncilConservative
Chris MoleSuffolk County CouncilLabour
Jacqueline RussellWelwyn & Hatfield District Council (Leader)Labour
East Midlands RDA
Ted CassidyLeicester City CouncilLabour
Graham ChapmanNottingham City CouncilLabour
Martin DoughtyDerbyshire County CouncilLabour
Gillian GardinerLeicestershire County CouncilLiberal Democrat
North East RDA
Philip HughesTeesdale District CouncilIndependent
John McCormackWansbeck District CouncilLabour
Rita StringfellowNorth Tyneside Council (Leader)Labour
John WilliamsDarlington Borough CouncilLabour
North West RDA
Mike DoyleSt. Helens Metropolitan Borough CouncilLabour
Richard LeeseManchester City Council (Leader)Labour
Kath ReadeBurnley Borough CouncilLabour
Dr. Fred RidleyStockport Metropolitan Borough CouncilLiberal Democrat
South East RDA
Ken BodfishBrighton and Hove CouncilLabour
Winifred OliverMole Valley District CouncilConservative
David RogersEast Sussex County CouncilLiberal Democrat
Kevin WilsonMilton Keynes CouncilLabour
South West RDA
Doris AnsariCornwall County CouncilLiberal Democrat
Peter ChalkeWiltshire County CouncilConservative
Tudor EvansPlymouth City CouncilLabour
Helen HollandBristol City CouncilLabour
West Midlands RDA
Michael BirdWalsall CouncilConservative
Albert BoreBirmingham City CouncilLabour
David SparksDudley Metropolitan Borough CouncilLabour
Susan DavisTelford and Wrekin Unitary AuthorityLabour
Yorkshire & Humber RDA
Muriel BarkerNorth East Lincolnshire Unitary AuthorityLabour
Stephen HoughtonBarnsley Metropolitan Borough CouncilLabour
Michael JohnstonHarrogate CouncilLiberal Democrat
Pamela WarhurstCalderdale CouncilLabour

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