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Regional Aid

Volume 124: debated on Thursday 17 December 1987

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To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster how much he has paid out in the current year in (a) regional development grant and (b) regional selective assistance; and how much he expects to pay in 1988–89, 1989–90 and 1990–91 for each regional area of England and Wales.

Payments of regional development grant (RDG) and regional selective assistance (RSA) by my Department in each region of England and Wales in the current financial year to date are as follows:

1£ million
AreaRDG2RSA
North East38·711·8
North West34·37·7
Yorkshire and Humberside12·810·8
East Midlands4·01·3
West Midlands8·8
South West4·72·8
Total England94·543·2
Wales30·5
1 Provisional figures to end November 1987.
2 RSA industrial and training grants only. Figures for business improvement services scheme and exchange risk guarantee scheme are not available on a regional basis. Provisional figures for expenditure by my Department on these schemes in 1987–88 to end November are £9·8 million and £11·3 million respectively.
3 Nearly all expenditure on regional assistance in Wales is the responsibility of the Welsh Office.
Information about planned expenditure on regional assistance in 1988–89, 1989–90 and 1990–91 will be published in the public expenditure White Paper in January.