HC Deb 18 April 1988 vol 131 c349W
Mr. Cousins

To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what has been the annual expenditure of the Tyneside city action team for 1985–86, 1986–87 the half year to October 1987, indicating the amounts which have been spent on(a) research and development, (b) enterprise agencies, (c) advice and consultancy to small businesses, (d) grants to service and (e) grants to manufacturing industry.

Mr. Kenneth Clarke

The city action team based in Newcastle comprises the regional directors of my Department, the Department of Employment and Department of the Environment. Expenditure by the three Departments in the area of CAT for the period requested by the hon. Member was :

Year Amount £
1985–86 109,181,000
1986–87 162,501,000
April to October 1987 84,728,000

Expenditure in the categories requested was as follows:

1985–86 1986–87 April-October 1987
Research and Development 50 73 27
Enterprise Agencies nil 100 87
Advice and Consultancyto small businesses 2,347 3,138 1,385
Grants to service industry 1,394 2,204 2,503
Grants to manufacturing industry 24,968 52,215 25,871

Mr. Cousins

To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what liaison arrangements he has established between the Northern industrial development advisory board, the Tyneside city action team and the Tyne and Wear urban development corporation.

Mr. Kenneth Clarke

The main task of the North Eastern industrial development advisory board is to advise on applications for regional selective assistance under section 7 of the Industrial Development Act 1982 and on industrial opportunities in the region. The regional director attends the board and is also a member of the city action team. The city action team also works closely with the Tyne and Wear urban development corporation through a system of regular meetings.

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