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Regional Development Agencies: Finance

Volume 469: debated on Monday 10 December 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what funding his Department is providing to each of the regional development agencies in 2007-08. (172182)

The Department for Culture, Media and Sport's contribution towards the funding of regional development agencies (RDAs) is £3.6 million for 2007-08. We are unable to disaggregate the DCMS total to each RDA, as once contributions from Government Departments go into the RDAs’ single programme budget, it is not ring-fenced for particular sectors, but is available to the RDAs to spend as they see fit to achieve the regional priorities identified in their regional economic strategies and the targets set by them in their corporate plans.