new regional chamber for Yorkshire and Humberside, whose aim is to
support, challenge and help get the most out of the recently set-up
Regional Development Agency - Yorkshire Forward.
have designated chambers. The chamber will consist of local
authorities, local business and others with regional interests.
In answer to a parliamentary question, Mr Caborn said:
'I am pleased to announce that we have today issued a direction to
Yorkshire Forward - the development agency for the Yorkshire and the
Humber region - designating the regional chamber for Yorkshire and
Humberside as its regional chamber.
'Regional chambers provide a mechanism through which the regional development agencies can take account of regional views and account for their activities. We expect that each RDA will have regard to the chamber's view in preparing its strategy, consult the chamber on its corporate plan and give an account of its performance to the chamber. Working together through the regional chambers local authorities, business and other partners can provide a focused voice for their region.
'There is now a designated regional chamber in each of the English
regions outside London. This marks the completion of another stage of
the government's regional agenda. The full list of regional chambers
(some of which call themselves regional assemblies) and development
agencies is as follows:
Regional Chamber Regional Development Agency
North West Regional Assembly North West Development Agency
North East Regional Assembly One North East
Regional Chamber for Yorkshire
and Humberside Yorkshire Forward
West Midlands Regional Chamber Advantage West Midlands
East Midlands Regional Assembly East Midlands Development
East of England Regional Assembly East of England Development
South West Regional Chamber South West of England Regional
South East England Regional Assembly South East England Development
Guidance on voluntary regional chambers was published on 7 August
1998. Copies are available on the DETR's internet site
Regional chambers are bodies that include councillors from the local
authorities in the region and representatives of the various sectors
with a stake in the region's economic social and environmental
Regional chambers for the East Midlands, West Midlands and North West
were designated on the 19 May, for the North East on 23
June, and for the South East, South West and Eastern regions
on 21 July.
Regional Development Agencies (RDAs), set up on 1 April 1999, are new
business-led bodies in each of the regions of England. They are lead
bodies at the regional level for co-ordinating inward investment,
raising people's skills, improving the competitiveness of business
and regeneration activity, all against a backdrop of sustainable
development. They have an important role in advising Government and
are presently developing a strategy for their region, covering their
whole range of responsibilities.