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Warrington And Runcorn Development Corporation

Volume 175: debated on Wednesday 27 June 1990

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To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment what was the total cost to the Warrington and Runcorm development corporation of (a) redundancy money paid to staff joining business ventures employed by the corporation and (b) the provision of rent-free accommodation to business ventures employed by the corporation.

[holding answer 25 June 1990]: In accordance with its contractual obligations the corporation made redundancy payments totalling £4·6 million to staff who joined business ventures. The fees paid to business ventures by the development corporation took account of their use of corporation premises.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment for how long rent-free accommodation was provided by Warrington and Runcorn development corporation to business ventures employed by them; and what was the loss of revenue to the corporation.

[holding answer 25 June 1990]: The corporation ensured that the provision of accommodation to business ventures was reflected in the level of fees which it paid for their services. There was therefore no loss of revenue to the corporation. The length of time that busines ventures used corporation accommodation varied from 12 months to 30 months.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment if he will list the redundancy payments made by Warrington and Runcorn development corporation to each of their officials, together with their grades, who joined a business venture employed by them.

[holding answer 25 June 1990]: The information requested could be provided in the Form requested only at disproportionate cost. A total of £4·6 million was paid to 283 members of staff, an average of £16,300.