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Assisted Area Status

Volume 684: debated on Tuesday 25 July 2006

asked Her Majesty’s Government:

Which 30 wards in England have the lowest workplace-based gross value added per capita; and how many fall within the designations for assisted area status. [HL6919]

Estimates of gross value added per capita are not available at ward level. The lowest geographical level for which estimates are available is NUTS (nomenclature of units for territorial statistics) level 3. In England, this is equivalent to counties or groups of unitary authorities.

asked Her Majesty’s Government:

Which areas of England have received assisted area status; and what criteria they used in the designation. [HL6917]

The Government have taken the current assisted areas map (2000-06) as the baseline for developing the new map. They propose the following indicators to prioritise areas to receive assisted areas status:

employment rate;

adult skills at level 2 and above;

incapacity benefit claimants;

manufacturing share of employment.

Further detail on the proposed designation of assisted areas, including the draft assisted areas map (2007-13), 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 on the DTI website: www.dti.gov.uk/regional/assisted-areas/assisted-areas-review/page24618.html and in the Libraries of the House.

asked Her Majesty’s Government:

To what extent they have allocated assisted area status up to the permitted maximum allocation of 23.9 per cent of the population. [HL6918]

The draft assisted areas map published on 10 July 2006 uses the full allocation of 23.9 per cent of the UK’s population allowed under the European Commission’s regional aid guidelines.