§ Mr. Baldry
Economic, social and physical regeneration is supported through main programmes by several Government Departments and by targeted initiatives. My reply of 25 April 1994 to the hon. Member for Birkenhead (Mr. Field)Official Report, columns 36–37, contained detailed information about the latter programmes, including spending from 1981–82. For the urban programme, which began in 1979, the additional figures sought are £83 million for 1979–80 and £112 million for 1980–81 in cash terms. All the programmes listed in the earlier reply have now been combined within the single regeneration Budget from 1 April 1994.
While not included in the earlier reply, enterprise zones, also a targeted urban initiative were launched in 1981. They offer a range of incentives to industrial and commercial firms in designated areas. These have not involved any direct expenditure, but an estimated £1.7 billion has been forgone in rates and taxes.