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Thursday, 21 March, 2002, 09:28 GMT
English devolution: Part two
Part two: Perceptions of regional assemblies
It has been proposed that there should be an elected assembly for your region. Do you agree or disagree with the following comments:

A regional assembly would give your region a stronger voice in Westminster and at Brussels:

A regional assembly would improve the economic development of the region:

Regional assemblies would simply result in more bureaucracy and red tape:

Regional assemblies would bring government closer to the people:

A regional assembly would just become a talking shop for politicians and be a waste of money:

This question, which excludes those surveyed in London, raised a variety of issues. While almost three-quarters of those surveyed thought that an assembly would strengthen representation in Westminster and the European Union, there were a significant number of people who also thought that the bodies would either be simply a talking shop or result in more red tape. One of the most interesting results was that a majority thought that it would bring government closer to their region. Almost 60% of those surveyed also said that an assembly would lead to greater pride in an area.

The BBC's English Regional Devolution Survey involved 2646 nationally representative telephone interviews in England, conducted between1 and 10 March 2002.

For some questions, specific responses are given for the north-east, north-west and Yorkshire and Humber areas.

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