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2 October 2008 (PN 56)

ORAL EVIDENCE SESSION

INQUIRY INTO THE ROLE AND EFFECTIVENESS OF REGIONAL DEVELOPMENT AGENCIES

The Business & Enterprise Committee today announces its schedule for oral evidence sessions as part of its inquiry into the role and effectiveness of regional development agencies.

Tuesday 7 October 2008 at 10.30am in the Grimond Room, Portcullis House

10.30 am - representatives from private sector and business organisations:

Chris Hannant, Head of Policy, British Chambers of Commerce
Steve Radley, Chief Economist, EEF
Karen Dee, Head of Infrastructure, CBI

11.30 am - local authority representatives:

Councillor David Sparks, Chair, Transport and Regeneration Board, LGA
Councillor Stephen Castle, Cabinet Member for Economic Development, Regeneration and London 2012, Essex County Council
Deborah Haydock, Director of Policy, Lancashire County Council

The Committee will take evidence from representatives of RDAs at its meeting on Tuesday 14 October 2008 at 10.30 am in the Grimond Room, Portcullis House.

Further information on the Committee's inquiry can be found on its web pages at:
http://www.parliament.uk/parliamentary_committees/berr.cfm

Further Information:

Committee membership is as follows:

Chairman: Peter Luff MP (Con) (Mid Worcestershire)
Mr Adrian Bailey (Lab) (West Bromwich West)
Roger Berry (Lab) (Kingswood)
Mr Brian Binley (Con) (Northampton South)
Mr Michael Clapham (Lab) (Barnsley West and Pen.)
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Lab) (Chorley)
Miss Julie Kirkbride (Con) (Bromsgrove)
Anne Moffat (Lab) (East Lothian)
Mark Oaten (Lib Dem) (Winchester)
Mr Mike Weir (SNP) (Angus)
Mr Anthony Wright (Lab) (Great Yarmouth)

Media Enquiries: Laura Humble, Tel 0207 219 2003/ 07917 488 489, email: [email protected]
Specific Committee Information: Tel 020 7219 5777, email: [email protected]