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Westminster Hall

A cross-party group of MPs have called for more to be done to boost the economy of the Humber region.

Leading the Westminster Hall debate on 27 November 2012, Labour MP for Hull West and Hessle, Alan Johnson, said the recommendations contained in the recent report by Lord Heseltine should be implemented by the government.

The report, published in October, said that £49bn should be moved from central government to the English regions to help local businesses.

Mr Johnson said that the North of England needed "significant devolution" to Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs), which replaced Regional Development Agencies in England.

The Conservative MP from Brigg and Goole, Andrew Percy, called for more support for a number of local regeneration projects, such as upgrading the A63.

Winding up the debate, Treasury Minister Sajid Javid, pointed to the Regional Growth Fund as a way of growing the Humber economy.

He said that large multinationals such as Siemens, hoping to invest in the renewable energy sector, could be supported by the government.

He also confirmed government support for road improvement projects including the A63 Castle Street in Hull and the A160 in Immingham.

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