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Local Enterprise Partnership (North-east)

Part of Business, Innovation and Skills – in the House of Commons at 10:30 am on 13th January 2011.

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Photo of Grahame Morris Grahame Morris Labour, Easington 10:30 am, 13th January 2011

I welcome that announcement and thank the Minister for that information. The Business Secretary controversially abolished our regional development agency, One NorthEast, and the Government parties have cut funding for regional development by two thirds. I welcome the good news for my area, but there are concerns among Opposition Members that in the transition period between the RDAs going out and the LEPs coming in, there will be a problem or a vacuum, and we will not be able to encourage investment or secure the regeneration jobs that we require.