HC Deb 10 February 1986 vol 91 cc321-2W
22. Mr. Terlezki

asked the Secretary of State for Wales if he will indicate the level of resources allocated to the urban programme since 1979.

Mr. Mark Robinson

Resources allocated in Wales to the urban programme, which since 1982 has also included the urban development grant scheme, have increased from £7.1 million in 1979–80 to £29 million in 1986–87, or by 144 per cent. in real terms. The total allocated since 1979–80 is £148 million.

Mr. Adley

asked the Secretary of State for Wales if he will list all the urban development grant projects approved by his Department during 1985, stating for each project the total amount of grant, the percentage of grant comprising the total cost of the project, the name of the public or private sector participants within each project, and the cost from public funds for each new job created within each project.

Mr. Mark Robinson

A list of all projects approved for urban development grant in Wales and which are completed, currently under way, or have yet to commence has been placed in the Library of the House. This contains, for each project, a brief description, the name of the sponsoring local authority and private sector participant(s), the total amount of grant awarded and the estimated total development cost.

Seven projects were approved in the calender year 1985, of which two were approved-in-principle only and are subject to further negotiations on the precise level of grant. For the remaining five just over £9.5 million of urban development grant will bring forward a total investment of around £52 million. The average estimated public expenditure per new job to be created in commercial, industrial and mixed projects is £5,047. This ignores jobs retained, temporary jobs and the other social, economic and environmental benefits.