Committee on the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister: Formal Minutes

Monday 15 May 2006

Members present:

Dr Phyllis Starkey, in the Chair

Mr Clive Betts

Lyn Brown

John Cummings

Greg Hands

Martin Horwood

Mr Bill Olner

John Pugh

Alison Seabeck

Oral Evidence Session for the inquiry, Is there a future for Regional Government?

Councillor John Joyce, Chair, North West Regional Assembly;

John Hawkins, Head of Policy and Research, Association of Greater Manchester Authorities (AGMA);

Robert Crawford, Chief Executive, The Mersey Partnership;

Neil Scales, Chief Executive and Director General, Merseytravel;

Keith Barnes, Regional Director, Government Office for the North West

Maggie Mooney , Town Clerk and Chief Executive, Carlisle City Council;

Jane Henderson, Chief Executive, South West Regional Development Agency, Alan Clarke, Chief Executive, ONE North East, and Pam Alexander, Lead RDA Chief Executive and Chief Executive of the South East England Regional Development Agency, English Regional Development Agencies; and

David Cragg, Regional Director: West Midlands and David Hughes, Regional Director: London, Learning and Skills Council; gave oral evidence.

[Adjourned till Tuesday 16 May at a twenty past Four o'clock.