Tomorrow Parliament will vote on whether to give the go-ahead to the creation of thirteen regional select committees. Each chairman will have another £12,000 added to their salaries. Each committee will recruit a clerk and admin staff. It has been estimated that the cost of running the committees will exceed £4 million.
Having had to ditch John Prescott' regional government plans they are now trying to reintroduce regionalisation by the back door. The Conservatives have already said they will abolish the ubdemocratic regional assemblies. If they are being consistent they will not only commit to abolishing these regional select committees, they will refuse to serve on them in the first place.