HC Deb 18 April 1983 vol 41 cc17-9W
Mr. Trippier

asked the Secretary of State for Industry whether he has approved any plans by the English Industrial Estates Corporation for further public investment in the assisted areas of England, or elsewhere, during the next financial year.

Mr. Norman Lamont

Yes. My right hon. Friend has approved provisional proposals by the corporation for allocating £27 million grant in aid to the travel-to-work areas in the assisted areas of England where new industrial and commercial development is needed to help reduce unemployment. Provisional allocation of resources Ls as follows:

English Industrial Estates Corporation 1983–84 planned resources allocation
TTWA £'000
North west
Birkenhead 1,722
Blackpool 215
Bolton 646
Lancaster 108
Leigh 215
Liverpool 4,629
Northwich 215
Rochdale 431
Rossendale 215
St. Helens 538
Southport 323
Whitehaven 215
Widnes 538
Wigan 646
Workington 431
North east
Central Durham 108
Consett* 2,940
Darlington and south west Durham 215
Hartlepool 646
Morpeth 215
North Tyne 323
South Tyne 1,184
Teesside 1,722
Wearside 1,184
Yorkshire and Humberside
Barnsley 215
Bridlington 108
Goole 108
Grimsby 108
Hull 754
Mexborough 431
Rotherham 646
Scunthorpe* 1,960
Whitby 108
South west
Fatmouth 108
Helston 108
Ilfracombe 108
Liskeard 108
Newquay 108
Penzance 108
Plymouth 538
Redruth 108
Torbay 215
East midlands
Gainsborough 108
Mablethorpe 108
Skegness 108
Total 27,100
* Steel closure area.

The corporation intends to spend this money on developments which provide the most effective means of reducing unemployment, and in addition to building advance factories it will consider projects for derelict land clearance, site preparation, workshop units, buildings for high technology industries and office accommodation. Detailed announcements about specific projects will be made by the corporation as appropriate.

The corporation will, as before, be required to make every effort to reduce the net cost of its activities to the Exchequer by selling off existing assets at current market value and placing the proceeds in the Consolidated Fund.

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