§ Mr. Steen
asked the Secretary of State for Industry (1) if he will make a statement as to what progress in relation to matters under his responsibility was made at the second Liverpool Inner City Partnership Meeting, held on Friday 10th March; and what topics were discussed;
(2) what conclusions on matters under his responsibility were reached at the second Liverpool Inner City Partnership Meeting, held on 10th March, with regard to the establishing of the priorities which should determine the selection of projects for Liverpool's inner city programmes; and if he will make a statement.
§ Mr. Cryer,
pursuant to Mr. Alan Williams answer [Official Report, 13th March 1978], gave the following information:
The second meeting of the Liverpool partnership committee, which I attended, had a useful discussion of key issues and then decided to prepare a programme of action. The committee also made arrangements to ensure that local voluntary bodies, including representatives of trade unions and management, will be fully consulted and informed about this programme. The other items on the agenda were the urban programme for 1978–79, the Inner Urban Areas Bill, and proposals for new magistrates courts.
An expression of concern at the amendment to exclude county representatives voted for largely by Conservative MPs 123W on the Standing Committee was also raised.