To ask the President of the Board of Trade if she will list (a) the number of areas which benefit from development area status, (b) the date development area status was awarded to each area and (c) the number of jobs created in each individual area since the introduction of development area status. 
(a) The number of areas benefiting from development area status is set out in Statutory instrument 1993 No. 1877 "Industrial Development: The Assisted Areas Order 1993", laid before parliament on 23 July 1993. A copy of which is a available in the Library of the House.
(b) Development area status was awarded to these areas on 1 August 1993, when the current Assisted Area map came into operation.
(c) Information available on the number of jobs created in development areas is limited to employment created under DTI's Regional Selective Assistance scheme The most recent figures are published in the Industrial Development Act 1982 Annual Report for the year ending 31 March 1997, Appendix 5—tables 2 and 3 refer, a copy of which is available in the Library of the House.