§ Dr. Wright
To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment if he will give figures on the distribution of the coalfield areas fund and on the share of the fund that is being made available in relation to the closure of Littleton colliery in south Staffordshire.
§ Mr. Baldry
The full £5 million available under the Coalfield Areas Fund was allocated last year, in response to bids from local authorities, as follows:
DOE Region and Authority Bids approved (£) Merseyside St. Helens MBC (Parkside/Sutton Manor) 150,000 North West
Although communities affected by the closure of Littleton colliery have not been assisted by the Coalfield Areas Fund, they will benefit from other elements of the Government's £200 million package of assistance announced last year by my right hon. Friend the President of the Board of Trade.
DOE Region and Authority Bids approved (£) Wigan MBC (Parkside) 120,000 North Easington DC (Vane Tempest/Easington) 164,000 Durham Co.C (Vane Tempest/Easington) 86,000 West Midlands Stoke-on-Trent Ci C (Trentham) 560,400 Staffordshire Co. C (Trentham) 266,000 East Midlands Ashfield DC (Silverhill) 336,108 Rushcliffe BC (Cotgrave) 293,232 Nottinghamshire Co. C (Coalfield area/Cotgrave/Bevercotes/Clipstone) 384,500 Bolsover DC (Bolsover/Shirebrook) 544,393 Newark and Sherwood DC (Clipstone) 72,756 Chesterfield BC (Bolsover) 214,000 Bassetlaw BC (Bevercotes) 193,800 Mansfield DC (Coalfield area/Clipstone/Shirebrook) 359,800 Derbyshire Co. C (Coalfield Area) 50,500 Yorkshire and Humberside Doncaster MBC (Rossington/Markham Main) 648,150 Wakefield MDC (Sharlston) 288,000 Rotherham MBC (Maltby) 291,000 Total 5,022,639