Dear Ministry of Justice,

I would like to make a request under Freedom of Information to see all the minutes of the 2nd Joint Ministerial Committee meeting during which the Government’s White Paper on English Regional governance was discussed.

The devolved administrations expressed their support for devolved regional government in England and offered to assist the process based on their experience of devolution to date.

However, no representatives of England were present at this meeting. Attending were representatives of the UK Government along with representatives from the Scottish, Welsh and Northern Irish administrations, as follows:

UK Government
Rt Hon Tony Blair MP, Prime Minister
Rt Hon John Prescott MP, Deputy Prime Minister
Rt Hon Paul Murphy MP, Secretary of State for Wales
Rt Hon Helen Liddell MP, Secretary of State for Scotland
Rt Hon Dr John Reid MP, Secretary of State for Northern Ireland

National Assembly for Wales
Rt Hon Rhodri Morgan AM, First Minister
Jenny Randerson AM, Acting Deputy First Minister

Scottish Executive
Rt Hon Henry McLeish MSP, First Minister
Rt Hon Jim Wallace QC MSP, Deputy First Minister

Northern Ireland Executive Committee
Sir Reg Empey MLA, Acting First Minister
Mark Durkan MLA, Minister of Finance and Personnel

I understand that the meeting took place on 30th October 2001.

Yours faithfully,

Gareth Young

Brigland, Paul, Ministry of Justice

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Dear Mr Young

Please see attached a response from the Ministry of Justice to your recent
Freedom of Information request.

Yours sincerely

Paul Brigland
Head of A2J, CPG and LR&I Disclosure Section
Data Access & Compliance Unit
Information Directorate
Ministry Of Justice
6th Floor
102 Petty France
London. SW1H 9AJ

Tel: 020 3334 3259
Fax: 020 3334 2245

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