Business and Enterprise Committee

30 June 2008 (PN 48)

Business and Enterprise Committee considers future role and responsibilities for regional development agencies

The Business and Enterprise Committee today announces an inquiry into the role of regional development agencies (RDAs) and implications the Government’s review of sub national economic development and regeneration  may have on that role.

The review of sub national economic development and regeneration makes a number of proposals to reform the role and responsibilities of regional development agencies which have the potential to significantly change the landscape of public bodies’ involvement in economic development and regeneration issues. 

The inquiry will focus on the following areas:

• the need for a level of economic development/ business/ regeneration policy delivery between central and local government;
• the effectiveness of RDAs and their role in adding value;
• RDA expertise;
• the extent of, and need for, their overseas activities;
• the consequences of expanding RDA remit to include new functions, as proposed by the sub national review, including the delivery of EU funding;
• the accountability of RDAs and
• How RDA performance has been measured in the past and will be measured in future;

Please note that:

• The closing date for submissions is Friday 19 September 2008.
• Submissions are requested to be provided in electronic form in word format and should be sent to  Where access to e-mail is not available, please contact the Clerks to discuss alternative arrangements.
• All evidence will be treated as a public document and automatically published on the Committee’s web pages unless the submission explicitly requests to be a private submission. 
• Submissions should be no more than eight sides of A4.  Please contact the Clerks to discuss the admissibility of longer submissions.
• All public submissions will be posted on this web page following the closing date of Friday 19 September 2008.

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Committee membership is as follows:

Chairman: Peter Luff MP (Con) (Mid Worcestershire)
Mr Adrian Bailey (Lab) (West Bromwich West)
Roger Berry (Lab) (Kingswood)
Mr Brian Binley (Con) (Northampton South)
Mr Michael Clapham (Lab) (Barnsley West and Pen.)
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Lab) (Chorley)
Mark Oaten (Lib Dem) (Winchester & the Meon Valley)
Miss Julie Kirkbride (Con) (Bromsgrove)
Anne Moffat (Lab) (East Lothian)
Mr Mike Weir (SNP) (Angus)
Mr Anthony Wright (Lab) (Great Yarmouth)