§ Mr. Colin Shepherd
asked the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if he will now indicate for the Ross and Cinderford travel-to-work area in respect of regional selective assistance the cumulative totals to the latest available date for (a) the number of inquiries received, (b) the number of cases requiring further detailed appraisal, (c) the number of cases withdrawn/ rejected, (d) the number of cases approved, (e) the number of cases still under appraisal, (f) the amount of the total grant approved, (g) the associated project cost, (h) the number of jobs created and (i) the number of jobs safeguarded.
§ Mr. Peter Morrison
In order not to risk breaches of commercial confidentiality, I cannot give information on the number of cases withdrawn/rejected, the number of cases approved, nor the number of cases still under appraisal. I am pleased to tell my hon. Friend that, from 29 November 1985 to 11 April 1986, 397 initial inquiries about assistance were received in the Cinderford and Ross-on-Wye TTWA. Of these, 54 were taken to the preliminary stages of appraisal by a request for financial projections; these have been received in 27 instances. Regional selective assistance of £1,316,000 has been offered for projects of total cost of £20,180,394 to create and safeguard 736 jobs.