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Regional Development Agencies

Volume 406: debated on Wednesday 11 June 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry pursuant to her reply of 21 May 2003, Official Report, column 767W, (1) if she will set out in respect of each region the amount allocated in respect of each of her indicators; [118214](2) when the allocation formula was approved and by whom; and when it will be reviewed next. [118215]

The following table shows the amount of money initially allocated to each of the Agencies for the current financial year in respect of each of the indicators. The allocation formula was approved by my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry in August 2002. The intention is that it will be reviewed at the time of the next Spending Review.

Regional Development Agencies1I2II3III4IV5V6VI7VII8VIII9IX
Advantage West Midlands552356719987
East of England5512011142976
East Midlands541529353466
North West56365913412698
One North East52231345810754
South East5710012124138
South West of England5421122162756
Yorkshire Forward5527256749876
1 Flat rate allocation for all RDAs, to cover common administrative overheads.
2 Population size.
3 Gross Domestic Product per head, where the richest region gets zero.
4 Research and Development expenditure per head with the weakest regions benefiting most.
5 Population of Rural Priority Areas.
6 Number of people living in the most deprived 10 per cent. of wards.
7 The hundred poorest authorities in terms of unemployment rate.
8 The amount of derelict land and pre-used land with planning permission.
9 The proportion of the working age population classed as partly skilled or unskilled.