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Regional Aid

Volume 130: debated on Thursday 31 March 1988

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To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what has been the total spending, and the number of cases assisted in Houghton and Washington, through (a) regional selective assistance and (b) regional development grant from 1984 to 1987, broken down into manufacturing and service industries.

[holding answer 29 March 1988]: The information requested on regional selective assistance and regional development grant in Houghton and Washington' from 1984 to 1987 is as follows:

Regional Selective Assistance2
Expenditure (£ million)3·60·5
Number of cases assisted
Regional Development Grant3403
Expenditure (£ million)3·70·8
Number of cases assisted21541
1 Interpreted as the parliamentary constituency of Houghton and Washington.
2 Project and training grants only. Information on the Business

Improvement Services and Exchange Risk Guarantee Schemes is not available at the local level.

3 Detailed data are available only for the revised scheme, introduced in November 1984. However, £15·7 million was paid under the original scheme to companies in the Houghton and Washington employment office areas during the period in question.