MPs question Minister for the West Midlands €“ on Government support for the region

23 June 2009: For immediate release

Committee Room 6, Palace of Westminster, 4.30pm, Monday 29 June

MPs will question the Minister for the West Midlands, Ian Austin MP, on Monday 29 June 2009 about the support the Government is offering to businesses in the region. The hearing, which will be held in Committee Room 6 at Westminster, is part of the ongoing inquiry by the West Midlands Select Committee into the impact of the current economic and financial situation on business in the region.

Also appearing at the hearing will be Trudi Elliott from the Government Office for the West Midlands and Advantage West Midlands.

Chair of the Committee Richard Burden MP for Birmingham Northfield said:

"This is a very important step forward for open government here in the West Midlands. This hearing will give local MPs the opportunity to directly take up key issues affecting the jobs and livelihoods of our constituents with the Minister for the West Midlands region.

"We will also be putting questions to the Government Office for the West Midlands and Advantage West Midlands. They oversee how hundreds of millions of taxpayers' money is spent in our region.

"Those decisions - and how well we get the public, private and third sectors working together - will make a big difference to how quickly the West Midlands gets through these tough times and builds a sustainable future."

MPs on the West Midlands Select Committee of the House of Commons have already heard from banks, business groups and unions during the inquiry and this will be the last session before its report is published. The Committee is now planning a complementary inquiry on The effects of the economic downturn on the people of the West Midlands region and are calling for evidence.

Witnesses:

4.30 - 5.30pm
Mick Laverty, Chief Executive

Richard Hutchins, Corporate Director Economic Development

Tim Gebbels, Corporate Director, Strategy & Communications, Advantage West Midlands

5.30 - 6.30pm
Ian Austin MP, Regional Minister for the West Midlands

Trudi Elliot, Regional Director, Government Office for the West Midlands

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