It's not too late, but there are other areas of the democratic deficit in the green paper which we would have expected you to have addressed. For example, the green paper says "90% of planning decisions shall be dealt with under delegated powers". Now that of course is entirely at variance with the view that members of the public shall be entitled to go along and attend Planning Committees. Of course we know they can't attend your Planning Committee, but they should be entitled to attend Planning Committees and make representations to them to say what should happen. Every learned body connected with the planning process, the TPI, the RICS, the Civic Trust, have opposed that particular proposal, you have not. Moreover, so far as the democratic deficit is concerned, you seem to have supported it, although you have marginally amended it since the Planning Committee met on the proposal to get rid of counties as planning authorities. Because you think that regions should do that, but in the interim counties are elected and they are accountable. Regions, apart from this region, are not elected and are not accountable. We take the view, or rather you took the view at the time of your election and the Planning Advisory Committee looking at your opinions, has taken the view, that these are areas where democracy ought to be enhanced. You appear by your silence on these matters to say that it's okay for democracy to be lessened.