Committee on the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister Press Notice

Session 2004-05  16 December 2004




PUBLICATION OF REPORT

WEDNESDAY 5 JANUARY 2005 2.00PM

THE DRAFT REGIONAL ASSEMBLIES BILL

The Committee on the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister: Housing, Planning, Local Government and the Regions will be publishing its First Report of Session 2004-05 on the Draft Regional Assemblies Bill on Wednesday 5 January 2005.

This Report was originally intended to improve the draft Regional Assemblies Bill which is now unlikely to proceed through Parliament in the near future. The report puts down some markers for the Government to consider if, in the light of the result of the referendum in the north east on 4 November 2004, it considers it appropriate to return to the question of introducing elected regional assemblies.

Copies of the Report will be available on Wednesday 5 January to witnesses and the media. To request an electronic copy, please contact Ian Hook on 020 7219 4972 or mailto:[email protected] by Tuesday 21 December.

The text of the Report will be available on the Committee's website from 3.30 pm on Wednesday 5 January http:/www.parliament.uk/parliamentary_committees/odpm/odpm_reports___publications.cfm

Alternatively, copies may be purchased from The Stationery Office (HC 62-I, Session 2004-05, Tel: 0870 600 5522).

The Committee office will be staffed on Wednesday 5 January from 2.00 to 4.00pm. Contact: Jessica Mulley on 020 7219 3927

The Chairman will be available to speak to members of the press about the Report on Wednesday 5 January. Contact: Andrew Bennett MP 07659 152972 (pager)