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Public Expenditure

Volume 487: debated on Wednesday 28 January 2009

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many jobs the Government plans to create through expenditure on eco-friendly projects; what estimate he has made of the proportion of such jobs which will go to British workers; and how much money the Government plans to spend in this respect. (251069)

At the 2008 pre-Budget report, the Government announced that £3 billion of capital investment would be brought forward from 2010-11 to 2009-10 to support a number of different industries and sectors through the current downturn. This included a green stimulus of £535 million, comprising:

£100 million new funding for the Warm Front scheme and £50 million brought forward from 2010-11 to 2009-10;

£60 million to provide to accelerate household energy efficiency and heating measures under the Decent Homes programme;

£300 million to accelerate delivery of up to 200 new rail carriages;

£20 million accelerated flood defence spending; and

£5 million accelerated spend on the British Waterways canal network.

The Prime Minister has announced that total public sector capital investment is expected to create or support approximately 100,000 jobs across the country in 2009-10.