§ Mr. Woodward
To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions how many(a) English Partnerships and (b) Rural Development Commission offices (i) have closed and (ii) will close as a result of the creation of the regional development agencies. 
§ Mr. Meale
[holding answer 15 July 1999]: 14 offices were transferred from English Partnerships to the Regional Development Agencies on 1 April 1999 under 389W the Transfer Schemes made in accordance with the Regional Development Agencies Act 1998. None of these has yet closed, but three are expected to do so.
7 offices were transferred as assets from the Rural Development Commission to the Regional Development Agencies on 1 April 1999 under the Transfer Schemes. Three of these have closed and one other is expected to do so.