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Belfast Areas Of Need

Volume 414: debated on Thursday 13 November 1980

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asked Her Majesty's Government:How much of the £4 million allocated in 1977 towards areas of special need in Belfast has so far been expended; what projects in those areas have been completed by the city council; and to what objects is it proposed that any outstanding balances should be devoted.

All the special monies devoted to the Belfast Areas of Need (BAN) including the inner city aid announced in March 1977 and the construction industry aid announced in November 1977 have been fully taken up by projects which either have already been completed by the city council, Government departments and area boards or are still in progress. In addition further substantial resources have been diverted to BAN from existing departmental programmes.The inner city aid funds have been used to finance 57 projects in BAN including community centres, provision of pre-school play group facilities and day centres. The funds allocated to Belfast City Council amounted to £1·5 million. This money has been used to finance seventeen schemes which either have been completed or are in the course of implementation.