§ 40. Mr. Warren
asked the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what is the total amount of money paid out by his Department on regional aid in each of the last five financial years at 1986 values.468W
§ Mr. Giles Shaw
Given that responsibility for regional development grants expenditure in Scotland and Wales transferred from my Department for the Scottish and Welsh Offices respectively on 29 November 1984 the answer to the question as set does not provide a consistent run of figures. For consistency, expenditure on regional aid at 1985–86 prices by Department and by the Scottish and Welsh Offices on Regional Development Grants after 29 November 1984 was as follows:
Expenditure1 at 1985–86 prices2 £ million 1981–82 822.0 1982–83 861.5 1983–84 538.6 1984–85 487.4 1985–863 407.8
If expenditure on regional development grants by the Scottish and Welsh Offices is excluded from the above table the figures are as follows:
Expenditure1 at 1985–86 prices2 £ million 1981–82 822.0 1982–83 861.5 1983–84 538.6 1984–85 405.5 1985–863 215.9
The items included in the expenditure are regional selective assistance under section 7 of the Industrial Development Act 1982 and regional development grants (both old-style and new-style).
1 All figures are gross and include payments to nationalised industries.
2 Expenditure on a 1985–86 price basis for each year is calculated by applying the appropriate deflator to expenditure at current prices.
3 Figures for 1985–86 are provisional estimates.