East Midlands Regional Committee Press Notice 21st April 2009

Media enquiries: Hannah Pearce 020 7219 8430

Immediate: 21 April 2009

PUBLIC ORAL EVIDENCE SESSION ANNOUNCED:

East Midlands Development Agency and the Regional Economic Strategy

The East Midlands Regional Committee has announced that its first public hearing will take place as follows:

Time and Date: 2.15 pm on Monday 27 April 2009

Location: County Council Chamber, Nottingham

Witnesses: Jeff Moore, Chief Executive, Michael Carr, Executive Director of Business Services, Glenn Harris, Executive Director of Corporate Services, Diana Gilhespy, Executive Director of Regeneration, and Anthony Payne, Executive Director of Strategy and Communications, East Midlands Development Agency.

FURTHER INFORMATION:

The terms of reference for the inquiry:

€ the role, responsibilities and accountability of EMDA,

€ the process by which the RES was drawn up and the level of involvement of regional stakeholders,

€ the effectiveness of the RES for the East Midlands in delivering against its targets,

€ the effect of the financial and economic situation on businesses in the region including the effect on different sectors and the impact on local employment, and how well EMDA is meeting needs in the challenging economic climate,

€ the changes to regional policy proposed in the Local Democracy, Economic Development and Construction Bill and the potential effect on the work of EMDA,

€ the role of other Government agencies such as the Government Office for the East Midlands, and of partnerships between Government agencies, local government and the private sector, in delivering the aims of the RES,

€ the way EMDA's resources are divided between rural and urban parts of the East Midlands, and whether the division is appropriate, and

€ how well EMDA is performing on sustainability.

Committee Information: Rhiannon Hollis e:mail [email protected] Tel: 020 7219 6295

Media Information: Hannah Pearce, e:mail [email protected] Tel: 020 7219 8430