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South West Regional Development Agency: Finance

Volume 496: debated on Wednesday 9 September 2009

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills how much funding for each local authority in the South West region his Department has channelled through the South West Regional Development Agency in the latest period for which figures are available. (284416)

[holding answer 6 July 2009]: The RDAs are financed through a single budget, a fund which pools money from all the contributing Government Departments (BIS, CLG, DECC, DEFRA, DCMS and UKTI). Funds are allocated to individual RDAs from this single budget and spent according to priorities established by each agency. None of the funds in the single budget is hypothecated—therefore funds are not ‘channelled’ through the RDAs towards any spending programme.

However, the table sets out a spatial breakdown of anticipated South West RDA single budget capital and revenue project expenditure directly on and in South West areas and sub-regions for 2009-11.

Area/sub-region

Total 2009/11 (£ million)

West of England (Bristol, South Gloucestershire, North Somerset, and Bath and North East Somerset)

35.5

Devon, Plymouth, Torbay and Exeter

35.2

Cornwall and Isles of Scilly

56.2

Dorset, Bournemouth and Poole

7.8

Gloucestershire

15.9

Somerset

5.9

Wiltshire and Swindon

6.7

Region-wide programmes

98.5