Committee on the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister: Press Notice

Session 2005-06 24 May 2006



The ODPM Committee (scrutinising the work of the Department for Communities and Local Government) will be visiting Exeter and Bristol as part of its inquiry Is There a Future for Regional Government? and Exmouth as part of its inquiry into Coastal Towns.

During their visit on 6 -7 June 2006, the Committee will meet members of the South West Regional Assembly and representatives from other organisations, including the Regional Development Agency and the West of England City Partnership.

Issues under scrutiny include: the potential for increasing the accountability of decision-making at the regional and sub-regional level; the effectiveness of current arrangements for managing services at the various levels and the impact which new regional and sub-regional arrangements, such as the city regions, might have upon towns and cities in the south-west.

On Wednesday 7 June the Committee will be hearing oral evidence in Bristol as part of its inquiry Is there a future for Regional Government? See Press Notice PN37 2005-06 for further details.

As part of the Coastal Towns inquiry, the committee will also be looking at issues including: the case for special initiatives to tackle the needs of coastal towns, the work being done to address the social, housing and environmental problems coastal towns face and the security of future funding for regenerating and supporting coastal towns

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