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Government rules out single urban regeneration minister

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Government minister Hilary Armstrong sparked a fresh row over Labour's commitment to an urban renaissance last week when she dismissed as 'nonsense' the Urban Task Force's demand for a dedicated urban regeneration minister.

She told an audience of regeneration professionals, including Urban Task Force chairman Lord Rogers, that a single minister 'would get nothing effective done'.

This angered Lord Rogers who has stepped up his calls for a single point of responsibility in government after it sidelined the proposal in last month's Urban White Paper.

'Until we've got someone at that cabinet level [to link policies in these areas] we should keep pushing, 'he said. 'We need more power. '

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