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Competition: North West Region

Volume 460: debated on Thursday 24 May 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what steps he is taking to ensure that the spending decisions of the North West Regional Development Agency are consistent with the public service agreement target for regional competitiveness. (138755)

[holding answer 22 May 2007]: The RDA tasking framework requires each RDA, including the North West Development Agency, to show in its corporate plan how it will contribute to the delivery of a number of Government PSA targets, including the regional economic performance PSA. The NWDA’s current corporate plan for 2005-08 outlines the RDA’s proposed expenditure over the current spending review settlement period and was approved by Ministers in July 2005. To monitor the progress against the targets the RDAs are required to report their results every six months.