Regional Development Agencies: Standards

Communities and Local Government written question – answered on 15th July 2008.

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To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what criteria she uses to assess the (a) accessibility and (b) responsiveness of regional development agencies to the sectors they serve; and if she will make a statement.

Photo of Pat McFadden Pat McFadden Minister of State (Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform) (Employment Relations and Postal Affairs), Member, Labour Party National Executive Committee

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Each RDA, in consultation with stakeholders in its region, has drawn up a regional economic strategy identifying the key priorities and sectors for securing the region's economic growth. BERR and other Government Departments are also involved in developing the strategy, as are businesses in the region. BERR ministers review and approve RDA corporate plans to ensure that they deliver against the priorities identified in the strategy.

The RDAs are also responsible for the delivery of Business Link advice to firms in all sectors.

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