On the19th July 2016 Peter Dowd sought assurance during questions to the Treasury in the House of Commons that plans were being developed to protect the Northern economies in the light of the Brexit vote. Here is Peter’s contribution:
May I welcome the new Ministers to the Front Bench? Five northern powerhouse combined authority leaders have requested a meeting with the Prime Minister in Manchester to discuss the serious implications of Brexit for the northern economy, given its massive contribution to the country as a whole. In advance of the Brexit vote, will the Chief Secretary tell the House how many civil servants were working on regional plans, or any other plans for that matter, for such an eventuality?