The impact of the downturn on the North West - MPs to hear evidence in Manchester

10 June 2009: For immediate release

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MPs from the newly formed North West Select Committee will be holding a hearing in the centre of Manchester on Monday 15 June as part of their inquiry into the impact of the current economic situation in the North West and the Government's response.

Business groups, Unions, job centres and training providers will be at the hearing to give their perspectives on the economic situation in the North West - and what Government agencies can do to improve it.

The event is open to the public and will be held in Committee Room 1, Level 2, Manchester Town Hall, Albert Square, Manchester M2 5DB.

The Chair of the Committee David Crausby, MP for Bolton North East, said:

" It is especially important that we should scrutinise the work of agencies in the North West during these difficult times for the economy. There is in my view no one size fits all solution for resolving the economic downturn and it is right that we should draw out our own solutions from people and their agencies in the north west itself and I am looking forward to our first public meeting in Manchester. "

Witnesses:

11.15 - 12.00

Damian Waters, Regional Director, Confederation of British Industry (CBI) North West

Holly Bonfield, Chairman, North West Policy Unit, Federation of Small Businesses (FSB)

Chris Fletcher, Member of the Regional Policy Committee, Chambers of Commerce North West

12.00 - 12.30

Alan Manning, Regional Secretary, TUC North West.

12.30 - 13.15

John Korzeniewski, Regional Director, Learning and Skills Council North West

Mike Baker, Customer Services Manager, Jobcentre Plus North West

Pete Jamieson, Regional External Relations Manager, Jobcentre Plus North West