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Government's productivity plan examined

8 October 2015

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The Business, Innovation and Skills Committee holds an inquiry into the Government's Productivity Plan.  The first evidence session is on Tuesday 13 October. 


Tuesday 13 October 2015, Committee Room 15, Palace of Westminster

At 9.30 am

  • Anna Valero, Research Economist (Growth), London School of Economics
  • Miguel Coelho, Fellow, Institute for Government
  • Rebecca Riley, Head of Productivity Group, National Institute of Economic and Social Research
  • Jen Rae, Senior Policy Advisor (Innovation policy), Nesta
  • Professor Jonathan Haskel, Chair in Economics, Imperial College Business School

At 10.15am

  • Rain Newton-Smith, Director of Economics, Confederation of British Industry
  • Stephen Ibbotson, Director of Business, Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales
  • Allan E Cook CBE, Chairman, Atkins, and Vice President, Royal Academy of Engineering
  • Kenny Richmond, Economics Director, Scottish Enterprise

At 11.00am

  • Mike Cherry, Policy Director, Federation of Small Businesses
  • Michael Mercieca, Chief Executive, Young Enterprise
  • Omar Farag, Director of Operations, The Box of T Ltd (PHOM)
  • Helen Wooldridge, Co-Founder and Director, Cuddledry Ltd

Productivity plan

The BIS Committee has launched a short video on  productivity which touches on what productivity is - put simply, how much the UK economy creates, divided by how much it puts in – and what affects productivity, including how skilled workers are, how easily workers can move to suitable jobs and how good the equipment is that they use to work.

On launching the Productivity Plan inquiry, Iain Wright MP, Chair of the BIS Committee said:

"Productivity is the pressing economic challenge of this Parliament and tackling the productivity gap is crucial to the UK's economic competitiveness and to improving workers' living standards. As a Committee we will keep a determined focus on scrutinising investment, regulation, innovation and skills policies designed to boost productivity.

Launching this inquiry marks the start of the Committee playing a constructive role in assessing the Government's Productivity Plan and ensuring it delivers meaningful results for the UK economy."

Further information

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