The Impact of the Government€™s response to the Global Economic Downturn in the East of England Region - Call for Evidence

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24 April 2009: For immediate release

The East of England Regional Select Committee of the House of Commons is seeking written evidence for its first inquiry on the Impact of the Government's response to the Global Economic Downturn in the East of England Region.

The Committee is interested in receiving evidence on:

€ the nature and extent of the Government's programme in the East of England to tackle the recession,

€ the role of front line agencies in delivering this programme,

€ how the various agencies are working together to deal with the current climate and also to prepare citizens and communities for the future upturn

€ the impact of economic aid to the region,

€ the measures which could be taken to provide sustainable economic growth.

The Chair, Margaret Moran MP states:

'The challenges of global economic downturn are affecting us all, no more so than in the East of England. How we deal with these problems and seek to solve them may affect us for years to come. That's why the new East of England Regional Committee's first actions will look at how prepared we are to weather the storm and move forwards.

The Government has provided stimuli packages to help kick start the economy and sustain economic growth in the region and we would like to know what impact this has had on local services, businesses and industry by hearing your thoughts.'

The Committee asks for written submissions in accordance with the guidelines stated below by noon on Friday 22 May 2009, although submissions received after that date will be accepted.

Please note
A copy of the submission should be sent by e-mail to and marked "East of England Regional Committee Inquiry". The Committee's strong preference is for submissions in electronic form, although hard copy originals will be accepted and should be sent to Emma Sawyer, Senior Committee Assistant, at:

Regional Committees
House of Commons
7 Millbank
London SW1P 3JA

Each submission should:

€ be no more than 3,000 words in length;

€ begin with a short summary in bullet point form;

€ have numbered paragraphs; and

€ (if in electronic form) be in Word format or a rich text format with as little use of colour or logos as possible.

For Data Protection purposes, it would be helpful if individuals submitting written evidence send their contact details separately in a covering letter. You should be aware that there may be circumstances in which the House of Commons will be required to communicate information to third parties on request, in order to comply with its obligations under the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

Please supply a postal address so that a copy of the Committee's report can be sent to you upon publication.

A guide for written submissions to Select Committees may be found on the parliamentary website at:

Please also note that once submitted, evidence is the property of the Committee. The Committee will normally, although not always, choose to make public the written evidence it receives, by publishing it on the internet (where it will be searchable), by printing it or by making it available through the Parliamentary Archives. If there is any information you believe to be sensitive you should highlight it and explain what harm you believe would result from its disclosure. The Committee will take this into account in deciding whether to publish or further disclose the evidence.