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Regional Aid

Volume 116: debated on Tuesday 12 May 1987

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asked the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if he will publish for Great Britain and for each region, for Scotland and Wales, his latest figure for the amounts paid in regional development grants in the financial year 1986–87; and if he will publish his estimate for the amount he expects to spend in Great Britain and for each region, Scotland and Wales, on regional development grants in 1987–88.

Provisional figures for payments of regional development grants in 1986–87 are as follows:

Area£ million
North East89·8
North West113·7
Yorkshire and Humberside27·2
East Midlands8·4
South West14·6
Great Britain Total512·6
Provision for expenditure on RDGs in 1987–88, as set out in the Supply Estimates, is as follows:

£ million


(1) All figures are gross, before deducting recoveries and EC receipts.

(2) Estimates for future RDG expenditure are produced only for England as a whole and are not broken down by region.

As the Prime Minister pointed out in her letter of 12 February to the hon. Gentleman, this projected fall in expenditure is the result of the Government's 1984 decision to replace the old RDG scheme, which supported capital investment without reference to employment, by a new and more cost-effective scheme linked to the creation of jobs.