Former Deputy Prime Minister Lord Heseltine to give evidence to Lords Committee investigating EU youth unemployment

07 February 2014

Lord Heseltine will next week be a witness at the last evidence session of the Lords Committee inquiry looking into youth unemployment

The House of Lords EU Sub Committee on the Internal Market, Infrastructure and Employment is investigating levels of unemployment amongst young people in Europe, and examining the effectiveness of EU funded programmes for tackling the problem.

On Tuesday 11 February, Lord Heseltine, who in 2012 produced a report for the Government on ways to stimulate the economy, will be asked by the Committee for his view on how effective he sees EU measures in reducing youth unemployment.

Other questions which the Committee will ask Lord Heseltine include:

  • How well can youth unemployment be tackled through the process of handing control of the issue to organisations at the local level?
  • Do you think that steps to devolve responsibilities have gone far enough? If not, why not?
  • Where can EU programmes add value in trying to solve the problem of youth joblessness?
  • How much can one country learn from another on this issue?

The evidence session, which is the last one of this inquiry, will start at 3.10 pm on Tuesday 11 February in Committee Room 3 of the House of Lords.

The session will be webcast at and is also open to the public. Journalists wishing to attend should go to Parliament’s Cromwell Green Entrance and should allow time for security screening.

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