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Regional Development Agencies

Volume 506: debated on Tuesday 2 March 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Welwyn Hatfield of 1 February 2010, Official Report, column 138W, on regional development agencies: mining, for what reasons representatives of the other regional development agencies were not invited to the English Coalfield forum meetings. (319796)

The full range of stakeholders involved in the Coalfields Forum is quite wide; it includes representatives from several regeneration organisations and Government Departments. In order to keep the number of participants at each Forum meeting to a manageable size, the decision was taken to invite Yorkshire Forward to participate on behalf of the Regional Development Agencies (RDAs). They are the only RDA with a dedicated coalfields team.