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PRESCOTT PROMISES REGIONALISING BILL

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A draft bill setting out the powers of regional assemblies will be published in July, deputy prime minister John Pr...
A draft bill setting out the powers of regional assemblies will be published in July, deputy prime minister John Prescott has told MPs.

He was responding to criticism from David Curry, new Conservative shadow secretary for local and devolved government, that no such bill was mentioned in the Queen's Speech.

Mr Prescott said a white paper had already spelt out the proposed powers, and the procedure was the same as for devolution in London, Scotland and Wales.

Mr Curry accused Mr Prescott of distributing a misleading leaflet in advance of autumn 2004 referendums in the north-east, north-west, and Yorkshire and Humberside.

'It was produced at public cost and it argues only one side of the cause,' he complained.
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