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Recession: North-east

Volume 487: debated on Thursday 5 February 2009

10. To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what assessment he has made of the likely effect of recession on businesses in the North East. (254317)

I receive a monthly report on the strengths and emerging issues facing the economy in the region from the regional development agency, One North East. Additionally, the right hon. Member for Newcastle upon Tyne, East and Wallsend (Mr. Brown), in his role as Minister for the North East, regularly addresses the likely impact of the recession on businesses in that region through regular engagement with the Northern Business Forum. The Government and their agencies will continue to do all it can to help North East businesses survive and thrive.