22 January 2004
Press Notice No 4
MANUFACTURING AND TRADE IN WALES
Further to the Committee's announcement of this inquiry on 17 July 2003, Press Notice No. 22 (Session 02-03), the Committee is proceeding with oral evidence sessions.
WEDNESDAY 4 FEBRUARY AT THE HOUSE OF COMMONS
3.00 pm - Representatives from Ford Motor Company and Matsushita Electric Europe (HQ) Ltd (Panasonic)
Followed by - Representatives from Corus
Further evidence sessions will be announced in due course
Terms of reference
The Committee will look at the current state of manufacturing and trade in Wales (both inward and outward investment).
The following are a few of the areas the Committee are particularly interested in:
The transformation of traditional industrial and rural economies
UK Government and EU involvement and assistance
UK Government policy on manufacturing and trade in Wales
The impact of trade tariffs on Wales
The maintenance of existing FDI in Wales, and encouragement of new FDI
The role of R&D in job and wealth creation
Support for SMEs
Links between Universities and the productive economy.
The meetings will be open to the public. They will take place in a Committee Room either in the Palace of Westminster or in Portcullis House or otherwise stated. Those wishing to attend should confirm the venue by calling the House of Commons Committee Information Line on 020 7219 2033 on the day before the hearing. Information about the inquiry, together with other information about the Committee's work, is available on the Committee's Homepage at: http://
The Committee intends to publish the transcript of these meetings on its Homepage approximately two weeks after each meeting. For further information about the work of the Committee, please contact Paul Derrett, Assistant to the Committee, on 020 7219 3264 or e-mail
Membership of the Committee:
Mr Martyn Jones MP (Chairman), Mr Martin Caton MP, Mr Huw Edwards MP, Mr Nigel Evans MP, Dr Hywel Francis MP, Ms Julie Morgan MP, Mr Albert Owen MP, Mr Adam Price MP, Mr Mark Prisk MP, Mr Bill Wiggin MP, Mrs Betty Williams MP and Mr Roger Williams MP.