§ Mr. Woodward
To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions whom he plans to consult before approving draft Regional Development Agency strategies. 
§ Mr. Meale
The Regional Development Agencies are currently drafting their regional strategies which will be issued for public consultation over the summer. They intend to submit their strategies to Ministers in late October. There is no formal approval process but we aim to respond to the strategies by the end of the year.