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Inner Cities

Volume 940: debated on Monday 28 November 1977

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asked the Secretary of State for the Environment how much money is allocated to Yorkshire and Humberside, compared with that given to the North and North-West Regions, for inner cities development.

There are three partnership areas in the northern regions—Liverpool, Manchester and Salford, and Newcastle and Gateshead—which, as we have announced, will receive particular assistance in future under the urban programme, and through main programmes, and have already been allocated £27 million under the inner cities construction package.In addition, we have invited 15 authorities in England to prepare inner area programmes against which they will receive allocations of £1 million to £2 million a year under the urban programme. There are four such authorities in Yorkshire and Humberside—Bradford, Hull, Leeds and Sheffield; four in the Northern Region—Middlesbrough, North Tyneside, South Tyneside, Sunderland; and three in the North-Western Region—Bolton, Oldham and Wirral.Other authorities with inner city problems will be eligible for assistance under the urban programme, though not on the same scale, and the Government have announced their intention to secure so far as practicable that other policies and programmes are given an inner area dimension and priority.