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Regional Development Agencies

Volume 486: debated on Wednesday 14 January 2009

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform (1) how much each regional development agency plans to spend on cohesion and integration work in (a) 2008-09 and (b) each of the two subsequent years; (245522)

(2) how many staff in each regional development agency work on cohesion and integration; and what the cost of employing these staff is expected to be in (a) 2008-09 and (b) each of the two subsequent years.

While regional development agencies (RDAs) take account of cohesion and integration issues, RDAs do not record expenditure according to cohesion and integration as a category of corporate spending. Furthermore, to separate out those data would incur disproportionate cost.