is because C is for cat and Mr Tabby just looks like a Mr Tabby.
shopping list also envisages the new body being funded by a block grant from London to be spent as First Minister and his executive wishes.
said later it had received strong signals that transport and skills policy could be handed to an elected North-East assembly, which could be critical in winning business support.
Last night Newcastle Central MP Jim Cousins, who has repeatedly warned that an assembly would need significant powers to get public support, said he broadly welcomed the CFER
is campaigning for devolution to the English regions following the granting of a Scottish Parliament and Welsh Assembly in 1997 and the spokesman claimed yesterday's announcement showed the message was getting through to the Government.
Don Price, of the CFER
, said: 'The Government has talked about a Green Paper on elected regional government some time in the summer of 2001, but we want a much firmer timetable for legislation.
Commenting on the finding, CFER
chair George Morran put it down to a wish among existing bodies to maintain the status quo.
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