§ The Secretary of State for Trade and Industry (Ms Patricia Hewitt)
As part of a rolling programme of appointments, I have decided to appoint new Chairs to three of the Regional Development Agency boards 9WS outside London; the Mayor of London makes appointments to the LDA. The new Chair for EEDA will be Richard Ellis; for One NorthEast, Margaret Fay; and for Yorkshire Forward, Terry Hodgkinson.
The appointments will begin on the 14 December 2003 and are for three years, expiring on 13 December 2006. The rolling programme enables the boards to be refreshed and bring new talent and ideas to the boards on a regular basis. I have placed further details of the new appointees in the Libraries of both Houses.
Decisions on the appointments have been made following open competition and consultation with key national and regional players.