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Inner City Programmes

Volume 169: debated on Tuesday 13 March 1990

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To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment which are the inner city programmes his Department is carrying out; what non-Government organisations are taking part in such programmes; where each of these programmes is operating; and on what date each one was started.

[holding answer 12 March 1990]: Details of the Department of the Environment programmes which are directed towards inner city regeneration are set out in the annual report for 1988–89 "Renewing the Cities" which was published on 28 February. The Department took over responsibility for city action teams in December 1989. Information on CATs is set out in the report "People in Cities" also published on 28 February. Copies of both reports have been placed in the Library. They describe the important part which organisations in the business and voluntary sectors are playing, together with central Government, local authorities and the urban development corporations, in bringing about the revival of inner city areas. They also show where the programmes are operating. The dates when programmes, or organisations, were first established were as follows:

Urban Development CorporationsMarch 1981
City GrantMay 1988
The Urban Programme1968–69
Derelict Land Grant1950
Enterprise ZonesJune 1981
Estate Action1985–86
City Action TeamsApril 1985
Inner city revival is also promoted by DOE main programmes, such as the local authority housing investment programme and grants to housing associations through the Housing Corporation, and through other initiatives, such as simplified planning zones and land registers.