The impact of the downturn on the North West - MPs to quiz Minister

MPs from the North West Select Committee will be quizzing Phil Woolas, the Minister for the region, at a public hearing in Westminster on Wednesday 8 July as part of the Committee's inquiry into the impact of the current economic situation in the North West and the Government response.

Last month the Committee heard from business groups, unions, job centres and training providers - and will now be putting some of the issues raised to the Minister. Also appearing before the Committee will be representatives from the North West Development Agency and the Government Office for the North West.

The event is open to the public and will be held in Committee Room 5 at the Palace of Westminster, starting at 3:30pm.

The Chair of the Committee David Crausby, MP for Bolton North East, said:
"There is no one size fits all solution for resolving the current economic situation and the Committee is listening to people in the North West to draw out the answers that are right for our region."

"Last month in Manchester we heard from business groups, unions and training providers at the sharp end of the downturn.

"The Committee is now putting some of the important questions raised to the Minister for the North West and the region's Government agencies."

Witnesses:

3.30 - 4.15
Steve Broomhead, Chief Executive (NWDA)

Mark Hughes, Executive Director Economic Development (NWDA)

Vanda Murray, Deputy Chair, (NWDA) and Chair of Northwest Business Link

4.15 - 5.15
Phil Woolas MP, Regional Minister for the North West

Liz Meek, Regional Director (GONW

David Higham, Deputy Regional Director for the Economy, (GONW)