HC Deb 18 July 1977 vol 935 cc330-1W
Mr. David Price

asked the Secretary of State for the Environment what are the current terms of reference of the South-East Planning Council; who are the present members and whom each member represents.

Mr. Guy Barnett

The terms of reference of the South-East Economic Planning Council are:

  1. (i) To assist in the formulation of regional plans having regard to the best use of the region's resources;
  2. (ii) to advise on the steps necessary for implementing regional plans on the basis of information and assessments provided by the Economic Planning Board;
  3. (iii) to advise on the regional implications of national economic policies.

A list of the current membership was announced in the Official Report of 21st January 1977. Since then one additional appointment has been made: Dr. D. A. Quarmby, a member of London Transport Executive.

Members of the Economic Planning Council are appointed as individuals for the contribution they can make to the planning of the region as a whole, and not as representatives of particular interests or groups. Subject to this, the aim is that the members should between them reflect as many facets of regional life as possible.