§ Mr. David Atkinson
To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment what is the amount of grants and other assistance given to(a) the Birmingham international conference and exhibition centre and (b) the Bournemouth international centre from public funds in the United Kingdom and from the European Community; and if he will make a statement.
§ Mr. Key
The Birmingham international convention centre has received £49.75 million grant from the European regional development fund.
The national exhibition centre received a central Government grant of £1.5 million at the outset and a further £12.3 million ERDF grant in 1988 to fund the newest halls.
The Bournemouth international centre has received no specific grant from central Government or the ERDF.
My Department does not collect information on local authority support for such projects.