Regional committee holds public meeting in Nottingham

September 8, 2009 at 3:59 pm Leave a comment

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A series of meetings by Commons regional grand committees being held around the country continued today.

The East Midlands regional grand committee met in The Council House in Nottingham to question the Minister for the East Midlands, Phil Hope.

There was a debate entitled “Building Britain’s Future: How the region will make the most of the upturn.”

MPs asked questions about the distribution of new Gypsy and Traveller sites set out in the East Midlands Regional Spatial Strategy and government support for industry in the region.

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

In June the motion proposing the meeting in Nottingham was defeated. However, it was later reintroduced with a new start time and passed.

Yesterday the East of England regional grand committee met in Borough Hall in Bedford to question the Minister for the East of England, Barbara Follett.

Regional grand 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.

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