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Rural Enterprise Scheme

Volume 487: debated on Tuesday 3 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much Government funding was allocated to the Rural Enterprise Scheme in (a) 2006, (b) 2007 and (c) 2008. (252710)

The Rural Enterprise scheme (RES) formed part of the now closed England Rural Development programme 2000-06 (ERDP). RES closed for new applications on 30 June 2006. Funding spent on RES projects in financial years 2005-06, 2006-07 and 2007-08 was as follows:

£ million

2005-06

30.8

2006-07

29.5

2007-08

7.8

The ERDP was succeeded by the Rural Development programme for England 2007-13 (RDPE). A number of the RDPE socio-economic measures are similar to the activity funded under the Rural Enterprise scheme. These measures are delivered by the Regional Development Agencies and have been available since 1 January 2008. The budget allocated for these measures in 2008-09 is £89.5 million.