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Regional Development Agencies/Government Offices For The Regions

Volume 403: debated on Monday 14 April 2003

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To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what the administrative costs of each (a) Regional Development Agency and (b) Government Office for the Region was in financial year 1999–2000; and what estimate he has made of their administrative costs in 2003–04. [104655]

The administrative costs for the Government Offices for the Regions for 1999–2000 and the estimate for 2003–04 are in the table.

Table 1
Government Offices1999–20002003–04
North East8,312.048,272.25
North West13,048.5913,484.94
Yorkshire and Humber8,888.699,314.12
West Midlands9,330.159,076.90
East Midlands6,951.297,245.19
South East8,658.609,260.98
South West7,796.859,712.91
The administrative costs for the Regional Development Agencies (RDAs) for 1999–2000 are in the Table 2. The London Development Agency did not begin operations until July 2000.Figures are taken from the RDAs annual accounts for the year ended 31 March 2000 (Income and Expenditure Account—salaries and wages, plus other administrative expenditure). The administrative costs of the Regional Development Agencies for the year 2003–04 are currently being considered, and will be agreed shortly.Responsibility for RDAs now lies with the Department of Trade and Industry.
Table 2
£ million
North East16.6
North West15.2
East Midlands8.3
West Midlands9.2
South East6.8
South West11.0