Regional development agencies

This page highlights some of the current parliamentary material available on regional development agencies. This includes select committee reports, briefing papers on current legislation and other subjects produced by the parliamentary research services, and the latest Early Day Motions put down by MPs.

Standard Notes

29.08.2014Regional Growth Fund
This note examines the Regional Growth Fund, which is worth over 3.2 billion over the five years from 2011-12 to 2016-17. It is intended to promote the private sector in areas in England most at risk to public sector cuts.
13.08.2014Enterprise Zones
The Government has announced the location of 25 new Enterprise Zones in England. Businesses in these small areas will benefit from tax and planning concessions and superfast broadband.
27.06.2014Local Enterprise Partnerships
This note examines the history and current responsibilities of Local Enterprise Partnerships.
19.12.2011The abolition of regional government
This Standard Note sets out the changes and closures that have taken place to the machinery of regional government that existed at the General Election of 7 May 2010. The vast majority of the landscape of regional institutions will no longer exist by 1 April 2012, and very many of the related funding streams will also have been closed down.

Research Papers

22.08.2002Regional development agencies (RDAs)
Regional Development Agencies (RDAs). House of Commons Library Research Paper 02/50.
09.01.1998Regional Development Agencies Bill 1997/98
Regional Development Agencies Bill (Bill 100 1997/98). House of Commons Library Research Paper 98/7.

Select Committee Reports

04.03.2010The Work of Yorkshire Forward.
Yorkshire and the Humber Select Committee report [Commons]

Early Day Motions

That this House notes that 22 June 2011 marks a year since the abolition of regional development agencies was announced in the Chancellor's Emergency Budget; is extremely concerned ...
That this House recognises the tremendous work of the North West Development Agency since its inception in 1998; appreciates the invaluable contribution the organisation has made to ...
That this House applauds the work of Advantage West Midlands in promoting sustainable economic growth across the West Midlands; notes that there is a vital need for strong, effective ...
That this House applauds the work of the East Midlands Regional Development Agency (EMRDA) in promoting sustainable economic growth across the region by consistently meeting or exceeding ...
25.05.2010ONE NORTH EAST
That this House applauds the work of One North East in promoting sustainable economic growth across the North East of England since 1999; recognises the role One North East has played ...


  • Research Papers (RP) - briefings produced by the House of Commons Library on Bills, topical issues and regular statistics
  • Standard Notes (SN) - shorter, topical briefings from the Commons Library
  • Early Day Motions (EDMs) - formal motions submitted by MPs in the House of Commons
  • POST Notes - short briefing notes produced by the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology
  • Lords Library Notes (LLN) - papers compiled by the House of Lords Library on Bills and for debates in the Lords
  • Select Committee Reports - papers produced by all select committees of both Houses