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Thames Gateway

Volume 450: debated on Monday 23 October 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what progress has been made towards the target in “Creating Sustainable Communities: Making it Happen” for the creation of 160,000 to 180,000 new jobs in the Thames Gateway between 2003 and 2016. (88726)

The number of employees in the Thames Gateway has already increased from 548,580 in 1998 to 637,866 in 2004.

Later this year, the Department will publish a Strategic Framework for the Thames Gateway. It will have at its core an economic rationale for the Gateway, developed in partnership with the three Thames Gateway Regional Development Agencies and the Thames Gateway Sub-Regional Partnerships. The Department plans to publish a baseline report alongside the framework, which will describe the position at the start of the programme in 2003. We intend to use this to produce progress updates at appropriate intervals thereafter.