Press Notice 99


Inquiry into the Regional Development Agencies' Support for Business

As part of its inquiry into the support to businesses provided by the Regional Development Agencies (RDAs), the Trade & Industry Committee will be taking evidence in Manchester, Birmingham and Nottingham next week.  The Committee will hear from representatives of the RDAs, the Chambers of Commerce, the Federation of Small Businesses, and the Learning and Skills Councils.

The meetings will be held respectively at:

the Manchester Chambers of Commerce, Churchgate House, 56 Oxford Street, Manchester M60 7HJ, on Monday 3 November from 2.30-5.00 pm, at

the Birmingham Chambers of Commerce, 75 Harborne Road, Birmingham B15 3DH, on Tuesday 4 November from 9.15 am-12.00, and

in Nottingham, at the Rutland Square Hotel, St James's Street, Nottingham NG1 6FJ, on Tuesday 4 November from 2.30 - 5.00 pm.

All three meetings are open to the public.

For further information please contact the Trade and Industry Committee Office on 020 7219 5777/ 5778.

29 October 2003


Note to Editors

The Committee is appointed under Standing Order No. 152 of the House of Commons to examine the expenditure, administration and policy of the Department of Trade and Industry and associated public bodies.  It has the power to send for persons, papers and records.

The Members of the Committee are:

Mr Martin O'Neill MP  (Chairman), (Lab, Ochil)

Mr Lindsay Hoyle, MP, (Lab, Chorley)

Mr Henry Bellingham MP, (Con, North West Norfolk)

Mr Andrew Lansley, MP, (Con, Cambridgeshire South)

Mr Roger Berry MP, (Lab, Kingswood)

Judy Mallaber MP, (Lab, Amber Valley)

Mr Richard Burden MP, (Lab, Birmingham, Northfield)

Mrs Linda Perham MP, (Lab, Ilford North)

Mr Michael Clapham MP, (Lab, Barnsley West & Penistone)

Sir Robert Smith  MP, (Lib Dem, West Aberdeenshire and Kincardine)

Mr Jonathan Djanogly MP, (Con, Huntingdon)

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