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Greater Manchester mayor Andy Burnham to give evidence to Lords Economic Affairs Committee

Monday 26 October 2020

On Tuesday 27 October 2020 the House of Lords Economic Affairs Committee will be taking evidence from two panels of witnesses.

These public evidence sessions will have remote participation by witnesses and Committee members. The session will be streamed live on Parliament TV.

The first session will begin at 3pm. Giving evidence will be:

  • Andy Burnham, Mayor, Greater Manchester Combined Authority
  • Steve Rotheram, Mayor, Liverpool City Region Combined Authority.

Questions the Committee is likely to ask include:

  • Why were the Government and the Greater Manchester Combined Authority unable to strike a deal last week?
  • What support packages for local businesses were created in Greater Manchester and the Liverpool City Region before negotiations started with the Government?
  • Why has the Government been so reluctant to introduce targeted support measures until last week?
  • How has the crisis exacerbated regional inequality across the UK, and inequalities within Greater Manchester and Liverpool?
  • How can the Government’s disparate skills and training policies – for instance, lifelong learning, apprenticeships, and employment support – be better aligned to aid a sustainable recovery?

The second session will begin at 4pm. Giving evidence will be:

  • Nisha Katona MBE, founder of Mowgli Street Food restaurants and television presenter
  • Mark Da Vanzo, Chief Executive, Liverpool Everyman & Playhouse
  • Maria McDonnell, School Director, Liverpool School of English
  • Steven Hesketh, Chief Executive Officer, Savvy Hotel Group.

Questions the Committee is likely to ask include:

  • How have Tier 3 restrictions affected your business, and level of demand for your services? What effect has this had on the people you employ?
  • How has the way that the Government has announced new restrictions, and economic support packages, affected your ability to plan?
  • How helpful were the COVID-19 loan schemes that the Government offered to businesses?
  • How much support and guidance have you had from local government?What action or type of support from Government would make the most difference in protecting your business and the jobs of those that you employ?

More on this inquiry, Employment and Covid-19

Last week witnesses from the UK Research and Innovation (UKRI), Centre for Policy Studies, University of Manchester, ADS Group, Make UK, ATEC Solutions, and Alexander Dennis Ltd gave evidence to the Committee.

The transcripts are available and you can also watch the sessions back on Parliament TV.

This inquiry has its own web page.

More on the Economic Affairs Committee

The Economic Affairs Committee is one of the five permanent investigative committees in the House of Lords and is charged with considering economic affairs.

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