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Assisted Area Status

Volume 684: debated on Tuesday 25 July 2006

asked Her Majesty’s Government:

Why Torridge in north Devon was not designated as having assisted area status. [HL6920]

The Government have taken the current assisted areas map (2000-06) as the baseline for developing the new map. Torridge does not have assisted area coverage on the current map, and therefore has not been designated an assisted area on the draft of the new map.

The Government propose the following measures to prioritise areas for inclusion on the new map (2007-2013):

employment rate,

adult skills at level 2 and above,

incapacity benefit claimants, and

manufacturing share of employment.

Further detail on the proposed designation of assisted areas, including the draft map, can be found in the DTI document Review of Assisted Areas—Stage 2—The Government’s Response and Draft Assisted Areas Map and accompanying documents, available at