Commons committee meets in Exeter

September 3, 2009 at 6:56 pm 1 comment

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A regional grand committee has met outside London, the first of a series of meetings away from the capital.

The South West committee convened today in Exeter.

The Minister for the South West, Jim Knight, answered questions from regional MPs and the committee considered their report into the response to the economic downturn on the region.

There are 11 regional grand committees.

MPs use them to debate issues affecting their region.

The committees function in a similar way to the Commons chamber, with ministerial statements and an opportunity to question the Regional Minister.

Every MP representing a constituency in the region is entitled to attend regional grand committee meetings.

The decision to have a series of regional meetings has proved controversial with some backbench MPs.

In June a motion proposing that the East Midlands Regional Grand Committee meet in Nottingham on September 9th was defeated, Ayes 98, Noes 104.

Jim Knight MP was appointed Regional Minister for the South West in June 2009. He is also Minister of State for Employment and Welfare Reform and MP for Dorset South.

“Regional Ministers are responsible for providing a clear sense of strategic direction for their region and for giving the region a voice in central government, ensuring that government policy takes account of the differing needs of the nine English regions,” according to the govenment website.

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  • 1. tom knyvett  |  September 4, 2009 at 12:26 am

    Actually there are only eight regional grand committees. The Scottish, Welsh and Northern Ireland Grand Committees are separate and different beasts.

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