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Regional Planning and Development: Finance

Volume 488: debated on Monday 23 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what projects for which her Department is responsible are planned to be funded through the (a) New Ventures Fund, (b) New Deal for Communities and (c) European Regional Development Fund in (i) 2008-09, (ii) 2009-10 and (iii) 2010-11; and how much is planned to be spent on each such project. (258241)

The information is as follows.

Funds/Year

2008-09

2009-10

2010-11

(a) New Ventures Fund

0

0

0

(b) New Deal for Communities (£ million)

242

180

65

(c) European Regional Development Fund (Euros million)

385

439

402

Notes:

(a) New Ventures Fund (NVF). The NVF no longer exists as a funding stream.

(b) New deal for communities (NDCs). The NDC programme is a 10-year programme to regenerate 39 of the most deprived neighbourhoods across England.

(c) European Regional Development Fund. The ERDF for 2007 to 2013 is being managed by the nine regional development agencies (RDAs). The Department does not manage projects funded by ERDF. However, the Department remains the overall managing authority for the fund in England. The aim in devolving key functions and management to the RDAs was to bring the fund’s programmes into line with regional economic strategies. England’s ERDF allocation for 2007 to 2013 totals 3.2 billion Euros.

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what projects for which her Department is responsible are planned to be funded by the (a) Government Offices for the Regions and (b) regional development agencies in (i) 2008-09, (ii) 2009-10 and (iii) 2010-11; and how much is planned to be spent on each such project. (258242)

The Government offices for the regions have specific responsibility for an administration running cost budget and a capital budget.

Programme budgets administered by the Government offices are the responsibility of the Secretaries of State for the relevant sponsor Departments. The Departments delegate authority to the regional directors to spend against their programmes, though all expenditure incurred is recorded in the accounts of the Department concerned.

The Thames Gateway programme, now administered by the Homes and Communities Agency, includes some projects for which funding is provided to the three Greater South East regional development agencies. Funding for Invest in Thames Gateway and Parklands projects amounts to £0.827 million in 2008-09, £3.177 million in 2009-10, and £6.775 million in 2010-11. In addition, the regional development agencies’ Thames Gateway Economic Development Investment Plan sets out how the £200 million joint Strategic Economic Investment Fund will be invested over the same period.

The Department does not otherwise fund projects directly through regional development agencies. Regional development agencies are funded through the Single Programme, which is administered by their sponsor Department, the Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform. The Department is one of six contributing Departments to the Single Programme and is contributing £1.548 billion in 2008-09, £1.585 billion in 2009-10 and £1.098 billion in 2010-11 to the Single Programme. Spending priorities for each regional development agency are set out in their corporate plans, which are available on their websites.