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Government Ministers quizzed on support for the rural economy

11 December 2018


The Rural Economy Committee questions Lord Henley from the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS); and Jake Berry MP from the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) on better support for the rural economy.


Tuesday 11 December in Committee Room 1, Palace of Westminster

At 10.00am

  • Lord Henley, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State, BEIS

At 10.45am

  • Jake Berry MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State, Minister for the Northern Powerhouse and Local Growth, MHCLG

Suggested questions

  • Should Local Industrial Strategies be rural proofed, and who by?
  • The Committee has heard that the performance of LEPs is patchy when it comes to delivering for rural areas. Are they the right body to lead on the development of Local Industrial Strategies?
  • Can you provide an overview of how BEIS' 'place-based approach' for the industrial strategy will work in practice?
  • How is MHCLG working with BEIS to ensure that LEPs take account of rural areas when fulfilling their role as the leads for Local Industrial Strategies?
  • What more can MHCLG be doing to empower rural communities that are less well-resourced?
  • How will the Shared Prosperity Fund work for rural areas?
  • Would having a cross-government document setting out the overarching, long-term strategic direction for rural areas (such as a Rural Strategy) be of benefit for MHCLG?

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