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Volume 701: debated on Thursday 8 May 2008

asked Her Majesty's Government:

What level of support for manufacturing industry has been provided to each region of the United Kingdom (a) in aggregate and (b) as a proportion of gross domestic product in each of the past 10 years. [HL3332]

There are no precise figures available on the level of support provided to each of the regions of the United Kingdom for the manufacturing industry in each of the past 10 years.

Support for manufacturing is available from a variety of sources including the Manufacturing Advisory Service, R&D Tax Credit, Business Link, the Technology Programme, Selective Finance for Investment in England (SFIE), Knowledge Transfer Partnerships and Industry Forums.

The regional development agencies are responsible for developing and implementing the regional economic strategy, and they deliver a range of business support available to manufacturers including some national programmes and large capital projects such as the Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC).