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Having found that the South West Regional Development Agency is the shadowy body which decided to interpret the State Aid Rules in such a way that practically no farm based business could recieve assistance

from the SW Business Recovery Fund, I have been trying again to find out a little more about that entity: what it is and who directs it.

It seems to have nothing to do with local democracy.

Its own website offers this:

The section which describes the board members says that there are now 14 members, soon to be 15. In keeping with its "openness policy" it only lists 13! None have any base in farming, family farms, or any thing similar [I discount Jonathon Porritt who I presume is the token 'Environmental representative'].

I notice that included is:

"Colin Skellett

"Colin is 56 years old and lives in Bath. He has been Chief Executive of Wessex Water since 1989, and Chairman as well since its takeover by Azurix Corp, a US based global water business in 1997..."

I presume that Azurix Corp is the alias used by Enron when they took over Wessex Water. They made him Chairman.

Who exactly was it that drew the board members of the SWRDA "from a range of interests and backgrounds in the region" and gave them powers over the locally elected bodies?