The impact of the current economic situation on the North West and the Government€™s response€”terms of reference

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29 April 2009: For immediate release

The North West Regional Committee of the House of Commons is seeking written evidence for its first inquiry on the impact of the current economic situation on the north west and the Government's response. The Committee is particularly interested in receiving evidence on:

€ The effect of the economic situation on the region; including the effect on different sectors and on different sub-regions

€ The effectiveness of Northwest Regional Development Agency in assisting businesses in the current economic downturn

€ The response of the Joint Economic Commission, established by the Regional Minister in November 2008, to the economic downturn

€ The capacity of the Government Office for the North West, Government agencies such as Business Link, Learning and Skills Council, and Jobcentre Plus, and other partnerships between Government agencies, local government and the private sector, to respond effectively to the economic downturn

€ The usefulness of Government initiatives such as Real Help Now, in providing support and enabling access to finance, for businesses in the north west

€ Whether the approach of regional Government and its agencies during the current economic situation strike the right balance between short term need and planning for the future.

The Committee invites all interested parties to address these matters in writing. The deadline for submissions is Thursday 21 May 2009. More information about the required format of submissions is given below.

Oral evidence sessions will be announced in due course.

Please note
A copy of the submission should be sent by e-mail to and marked "North West 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

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.