HC Deb 17 March 1988 vol 129 cc625-6W
Mr. Madden

To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster if he will consider setting up a new office in Bradford, staffed by officials of the Departments of the Environment, Employment and Trade and Industry, to administer that part of the recently announced city action team programme of benefit to Bradford.

Mr. Kenneth Clarke

No. City action teams are operating successfully from the regional offices of the three Departments, including in those areas where the city action team also covers an adjacent city.

Mr. Madden

To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster how much he plans to spend on giving breakfasts in Bradford under his city action team programme; how many such breakfasts he intends to organise in Bradford,; who is to be invited; where the breakfasts will be held; and when the first breakfast will take place.

Mr. Kenneth Clarke

My present plans do not include a presentation in Bradford. However, a working breakfast will be held in Pudsey on 26 April for about 250 senior business men and industrialists from the west Yorkshire urban area, including Bradford in order to seek their commitment to and support for the Government's programmes of urban regeneration in Leeds and Bradford.

Mr. Madden

To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, pursuant to his reply of 14 March, if he will list broad expenditure heads for the estimated expenditure by the city action team in Bradford of about £50 million in 1987–88; and if he will specify how much of the money to be spent in Bradford is a new allocation of funds.

Mr Kenneth Clarke

As I indicated in my reply to the hon. Member's question of 14 March at column434, the total estimated expenditure in Bradford of the three city action team departments in 1987–88 is about £50 million. The broad areas of expenditure are:

million £
Housing 13
Regeneration of land and buildings 6
Employment, Training and Industry 34
Total 53

This is existing expenditure through main departmental programmes. In addition, the Government are making a further £0.79 million available to the Leeds/Bradford city action team to be spent in the area the team covers, without prior allocation to particular districts.

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