For immediate release: Tuesday 13 October 2009

10.30 a.m, Leeds Council Chamber, Civic Hall, Leeds

MPs on the Yorkshire and Humber Select Committee will hold an evidence hearing in Leeds Council Chamber on Friday 16 October as part of their inquiry into the Work of Yorkshire Forward.

Nick Pontone, Director of Policy, Yorkshire and Humber Chambers of Commerce
Alan Hall, Regional Director, Engineering Employers Federation (EEF)
Tony Cherry, National Vice-Chairman, Federation of Small Businesses (FSB)
Andrew Palmer, Regional Director, Confederation of British Industry (CBI)


The Yorkshire and the Humber Select Committee's first inquiry into the Work of Yorkshire Forward is looking at:

€ the role and responsibilities of Yorkshire Forward;

€ the mechanisms by which Yorkshire Forward is held accountable;

€ the process by which the Regional Economic Strategy (RES) was drawn up and the level of involvement of regional stakeholders in that process;

€ the effectiveness of the RES for Yorkshire and the Humber in delivering against its targets;

€ the effect of the current financial and economic situation on businesses, including the effect on different sectors and on skills and employment in the region;

€ the role of other Government agencies such as the Government Office for Yorkshire and the Humber, and of partnerships between Government agencies, local government and the private sector, in delivering the aims of the RES;

€ the move towards a regional integrated strategy and the likely effect on the work of Yorkshire Forward;

€ the extent to which Yorkshire Forward has the capacity and expertise to address all the elements which will be contained in the new integrated strategy, including in relation to transport, planning and housing; and

€ the role of Yorkshire Forward in promoting a low-carbon economy in the region and in addressing regional issues concerning climate change and flooding.