Devolution in England Debate

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Department: Home Office

Devolution in England

Lord Ravensdale Excerpts
Tuesday 22nd September 2020

(5 months, 1 week ago)

Lords Chamber

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Lord Greenhalgh Portrait Lord Greenhalgh (Con)
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I have great sympathy for my noble friend’s point, as a co-author of A Magna Carta for Localism a decade ago. I can assure him that we are reviewing the mayoral combined authority model to identify how to maximise its effectiveness, including such powers as financial freedoms and funding devolution.

Lord Ravensdale Portrait Lord Ravensdale (CB) [V]
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My Lords, can the Minister confirm that the White Paper will set out firm commitments to back pan-regional bodies such as the Midlands Engine partnership, given their vital role in driving forward the levelling-up agenda in the Midlands and beyond?

Lord Greenhalgh Portrait Lord Greenhalgh (Con)
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My Lords, I can make that commitment to support pan-regional partnerships such as the Midlands Engine, the western gateway and northern powerhouse, to promote economic opportunities and drive forward the levelling-up agenda.