HC Deb 25 May 1993 vol 225 cc485-6W
Mr. Wigley

To ask the President of the Board of Trade if he will publish figures showing Government expenditure on regional preferential assistance to industry for each standard United Kingdom region(a) at current prices and (b) at 1989–90 prices for the years 1991–92 and 1992–93.

Mr. Sainsbury

Details of regional preferential assistance at current prices for 1991–92 and 1992–93 can be found in my answer to the hon. Member for Darlington (Mr. Milburn) on 18 May,Official Report, columns 121–22.

A regional breakdown of regional preferential assistance at 1989–90 prices, covering the period 1991–92 and 1992–93, is as follows:

£ million
Region 1991–92 1992–93
Northern1 55.3 40.5
Yorkshire and Humberside 15.8 11.5
East Midlands 2.3 1.0
South West 7.2 6.9
West Midlands 7.5 9.1
North West2 42.9 30.9
England 131.0 99.8
Wales 133.5 3118.2
Scotland 111.8 386.7
Great Britain 376.3 3304.8
Northern Ireland 121.8 391.0
United Kingdom 498.1 3395.8

All figures are gross and include payments to Nationalised Industries.

1 Includes expenditure in Cumbria.

2Excludes expenditure in Cumbria.

3 Provisional.

The items included in the expenditure are regional development grants, regional selective assistance and regional enterprise grants; expenditure on land and factories by the English Industrial Estates Corporation, the Scottish and Welsh development agencies, the Development Board for Rural Wales and the Highlands and Islands development board.

Northern Ireland has a different range of financial incentives available and the items included are Industrial Development Board grants and loans, expenditure on land and factories, share capital standard capital grants and local enterprise development unit grants and loans.

Mr. Wigley

To ask the President of the Board of Trade what were the numbers and value of offers of(a) regional selective assistance and (b) regional enterprise grants within each standard United Kingdom region in 1991–92 and 1992–93; what is the forecast outturn for 1993–94; and if he will list (i) the number of applications, (ii) the associated project costs and (iii) the amount of grant paid.

Mr. Sainsbury

The regional selective assistance (RSA) and regional enterprise grants (REG) schemes are applicable only in Great Britain.

For 1991–92 all the information requested about RSA and REG can be found in the annual report of the Industrial Development Act 1982 at appendices 7 and 5 respectively. Copies are available in the Library of the House. Apart from the amount of grant paid, information for 1992–93 is presently being prepared and will be published in the annual report in September 1993.

The amount of grant paid in each standard region in 1992–93 was:

£ million
Northern 28.1 1.5
North West 18.2 1.3
Yorkshire and Humberside 8.4 1.8
South West 5.1 0.8
East Midlands 0.6 0.3
West Midlands 10.7 0.1
England 71.1 5.8
Scotland 59.2 2.8
Wales 158.8 11.1
Great Britain 1189.1 19.7
1 Provisional.

The latest forecast outturns for RSA and REG for 1993–94 are contained in the 1993–94 Supply estimates.

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