Responding to a question from Gordon Prentice, MP for Pendle, Ms Hewitt said: "In July the Secretary of State for Education and Employment and the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry asked for the advice of the Regional Development Agencies and the London Development Partnership on the boundaries for local delivery of services on behalf of the Small Business Service and the proposed Learning and Skills Council. After widespread consultation in each region, the RDAs and LDP have provided that advice to us and we have given it very careful consideration. "I am now pleased to announce the boundaries for the 45 Small Business Service local areas and am grateful to the RDAs and LDP for their advice. The Minister for Lifelong Learning and I will be writing to MPs with full information about the new areas."
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