South East Regional Committee

Session 2008-09

Thursday 7 May 2009

The South East England Development Agency and the Regional Economic Strategy: Oral evidence

The new committee of MPs set up to look into issues affecting the South East is holding its first formal evidence session on Monday 11 May at 11.45am in Aylesham Community Project, Aylesham, Kent, CT3 3AJ.

Appearing before the Committee are:
11.45 am Regional Development Agency
1.00 pm   Government Office for the South East

The hearing, which is open to the public, is part of the South East Committee’s first inquiry into the South East England Development Agency (SEEDA) and the Regional Economic Strategy (RES).

The chair of the Committee Dr Stephen Ladyman MP said:

“People in the South East can sometimes feel that the work of Parliament is remote from their everyday lives.

“The new South East Select Committee will help to bring politics closer to people - by shining a light on the big economic issues facing the region and holding evidence hearings in the area.

“This committee will strive to get answers for the South East - holding decision makers to account and asking the big questions on behalf of the region.”


All of the MPs on the Committee live in the South East and represent local constituencies.

The Committee is interested in receiving evidence on:

• the role, responsibilities and accountability of SEEDA,
• the process by which the RES was drawn up and the level of involvement of regional stakeholders,
• the effectiveness of the RES for the South East in delivering against its targets including the degree to which the regeneration of areas of deprivation and the former coalfield areas has been successful,
• the effect of the financial and economic situation on businesses in the region including the effect on different sectors such as manufacturing, service industries etc,
• the changes to regional policy proposed in the Local Democracy, Economic Development and Construction Bill and the potential effect on the work of SEEDA,
• the role of other Government agencies such as the Government Office for the South East, and of partnerships between Government agencies, local government and the private sector, in delivering the aims of the RES, and
• how effective initiatives such as Business Link are being in assisting businesses in the current climate, including helping them to gain  access to funding both from Government funding streams and through the banking system.

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