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Regional Aid

Volume 129: debated on Tuesday 15 March 1988

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To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what has been the spending, and the number of cases helped in the county of Cleveland, through (a) regional selective assistance and (b) regional development grant in 1984, 1985, 1986 and 1987, broken down into manufacturing and service industries, and within that category (i) firms employing up to 200 employees and 201 or more and within that category (ii) regional development grant awards made on a capital grants basis, as opposed to grants given per job created.

[holding answer 14 March 1988]: The information requested in respect of the number of projects receiving payments and the value of expenditure under regional selective assistance (RSA) and regional development grant (RDG) in the County of Cleveland in each year is as follows:

RSA1
ManufactureService
1984
Small
Number of projects285
Payments (£ million)1·00·2
Medium/Large
Number of projects81
Payments (£ million)3·20·7
1985
Small
Number of projects265
Payments (£ million)2·70·1
Medium/Large
Number of projects91
Payments (£ million)1·80·9
RDG2
ManufactureService
(a) Capital grant(b) Job grant(a) Capital grant(b) Job grant
19843
Small
Number of projects
Payments (£ million)
Medium/large
Number of projects
Payments (£ million)
1985
Small
Number of projects36317
Payments (£ million)1·4Neg0·2
Medium/large
Number of projects
Payments (£ million)
1986
Small
Number of projects30243575
Payments (£ million)0·22·8Neg0·8
Medium/large
Number of projects211
Payments (£ million)0·10·1Neg
1987
Small
Number of projects59365587
Payments (£ million)0·74·5Neg0·9
Medium/large
Number of projects5512
Payments (£ million)0·60·7NegNeg
Note—small firms are those with up to 200 employees; medium/large firms are those with 201 employees or more. Negligible means payments below £50,000.
1 Project and training grants only.
2 Figures are given for the revised RDG scheme only. Records for the original scheme are insufficiently detailed to provide the information requested.
3 No data for 1984 as the revised RDG scheme was only introduced in November that year.

To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster if he will set out in the Official Report estimates of expenditure in 1987–88 in England, Scotland and Wales, respectively, on (a) regional development grants, (b) regional selective assistance and (c) regional and general

Manufacture

Service

1986

Small
Number of projects324
Payments (£ million)1·70·1
Medium/Large
Number of projects5
Payments (£ million)1·8

1987

Small
Number of projects215
Payments (£ million)1·2Neg
Medium/Large
Number of projects131
Payments (£ million)2·6Neg

industrial support in cash and real terms, together with the amounts of planned expenditure for the years 1988–89,1989–90 and 1990–91.

[holding answer 10 March 1988]:The information requested in cash and constant (1986–87) price terms is as follows:

£ million1
1987–8821988–8931989–9031990–913
CashConstantCashConstantCashConstantCashConstant
(a) Regional Development Grant
England1321271561431161036657
Scotland6764585351453228
Wales5451645842372824
(b) Regional Selective Assistance4
England122117161148148131148127
Scotland55351605560538069
Wales4139464252466153
(c) Regional and General Industrial Support6
England7294282463425448397423364
Scotland8257246266244261231261225
Wales9169162194178180160180155
1 All figures are net of recoveries and other domestic receipts, but gross of receipts from the European regional development fund
2 Supply Estimate figures
3 Figures underlying the 1988 public expenditure White Paper
4 Incorporating industrial and training grants and expenditure under the business improvement services and exchange risk guarantee schemes
5 Including (for 1988–89 onwards) expenditure provision for the regional investment grant element of the enterprise initiative package
6 Including expenditure on regional development grant and regional selective assistance
7 Including (in addition to RDG and RSA) expenditure provision in Great Britain for selective assistance towards individual companies and industries, as well as (for 1988–89 onwards) GB provision for the consultancy services and regional innovation grant elements of the enterprise initiative package. Also incorporating expenditure in England only under the regional investment grant element of the package, and expenditure on task forces and city action teams.
8 Including (in addition to RDG and RSA) expenditure under the Industry, Energy, Trade and Employment (excluding tourism) Vote on support for nationalised industries (except transport), general labour market services, support for the Scottish Development Agency and the Highlands and Islands Development Board, and other central and miscellaneous services.
9 Including (in addition to RDG and RSA) expenditure under the regional investment grant element of the enterprise initiative package, and support for the Welsh Development Agency and Mid-Wales Development.