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Regional Development Agencies

Volume 508: debated on Monday 29 March 2010

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills what funding (a) his Department and (b) each regional development agency is providing to support Regional European Networks in 2009-10. (319607)

The Department has not identified any payments made to the Regional European Networks.

All the English Regional Development Agencies (RDAs) have some form of regional representation in Brussels and the RDAs contribute to and participate in this to varying degrees. This representation has supported each region in securing significant investment from a range of European funding streams; influencing legislation in order to ensure a competitive business environment; identifying economic opportunities for the region; and building key relationships to support these actions. The RDAs believe that it is important to continue to build on these activities in order to support the delivery of regional strategies, aid economic recovery and ensure the future growth of the English regions.

Figures exclude VAT unless otherwise stated.

Title

Cost £000 (RDA financial contribution only 2008-09)

East of England Brussels Office

64

England’s East Midlands European Office

312

London’s European Office

50

North East England in Europe

167

North West Brussels Office

82

South East England Brussels Office

136

South West UK in Europe Brussels Office

241

West Midlands in Europe Office

455

Yorkshireurope

165

1 Inclusive of VAT.