Regional Development Agencies: Offices

Business, Innovation and Skills written question – answered on 10th February 2010.

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Photo of Stewart Jackson Stewart Jackson Shadow Minister (Communities and Local Government)

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills what guidance his Department has given to regional development agencies on opening offices overseas.

Photo of Rosie Winterton Rosie Winterton Minister of State (Regional Affairs) (Yorkshire and the Humber), Minister of State (Department for Communities and Local Government) (Local Government) (also in the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills), Minister of State (Department for Business, Innovation and Skills) (Regional Economic Development and Co-ordination); (also in the Department for Communities and Local Government)

In the case of the eight English RDAs outside London, where they maintain representation overseas to achieve regional priorities, those have been set by consulting with stakeholders and partners on the Regional Economic Strategy and Corporate Plans. Each agency is required to seek and obtain prior ministerial approval through UK Trade and Investment (UKTI) for any proposal to extend or create new overseas offices involved in inward investment or trade promotion activities.

On inward investment RDAs have agreed to observe guidance on joint activity planning, evaluation and information sharing with UKTI's overseas teams and use of a common UK brand. This guidance also encourages them to explore opportunities for co-location and joint management by UKTI's overseas teams.

On trade promotion, as agreed by RDA chairs and Ministers in 2003, UKTI continues to operate as the international trade arm of the RDAs.

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