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2 April 2009: For immediate release

Yorkshire and the Humber Regional Committee

The Work of Yorkshire Forward - Call for Evidence

The Yorkshire and the Humber Regional Committee of the House of Commons is seeking written evidence for its first inquiry on the Work of Yorkshire Forward, the Regional Development Agency.

The Committee is interested in receiving evidence on:

€ 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.

The Committee asks for written submissions in accordance with the guidelines stated below by noon on 15 May 2009.

Please note
A copy of the submission should be sent by e-mail to regionalcommittees@parliament.uk and marked "Yorkshire & the Humber 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 at: http://www.parliament.uk/documents/upload/witnessguide.pdf

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.