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Business Development Initiative

Volume 129: debated on Thursday 10 March 1988

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To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster (1) if he will estimate the amount of expenditure on the business development initiative (support for consultancy services) to be paid out in Scotland for each year 1988–89, 1989–90 and 1990–91;(2) if he will estimate the amount of expenditure of the business development initiative (consultancy services) to be paid out in each of the standard English regions and Wales, for each year 1988–89, 1989–90 and 1990–91;(3) if he will estimate the amount of expenditure on the business development initiative (consultancy services) in assisted areas and non-assisted areas for each of the years 1988–89, 1989–90 and 1990–91.

Spending on the consultancy initiatives in each region will depend on the response of firms to them. We are giving additional encouragement to firms in assisted areas and urban programme areas through a higher rate of support. The public expenditure White Paper (Cm. 288) does not make provision for spending in regions separately. Total provision is £74 million in 1988–89, £91 million in 1989–90 and £109 million in 1990–91.