HC Deb 24 November 1994 vol 250 cc291-2W
Mr. Robert Ainsworth

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how much money is planned to be distributed to local authorities through section 11 funding in 1995–96; how much of this is estimated will be available for new bids; and how much is committed to on-going projects.

(2) what is the overall level of section 11 funding for each of the last five years; and how much of the section 11 budget has been transferred to the single regeneration budget.

Mr. Nicholas Baker

Expenditure under section 11 in each of the past five financial years was as follows:

Year £
1989–90 114.8
1990–91 135.5
1991–92 113
1992–93 129.7
1993–94 131.2

The single regeneration budget came into operation on 1 April 1994. The following sums were transferred from section 11.

Year £
1994–95 60.5
1995–96 53
1996–97 53

My right hon. and learned Friend the Home Secretary announced on 22 November, Official Report, column 64 that the Government are making available an additional sum of £15 million in each of the next two financial years for new section 11 projects starting in 1995–96. This has doubled the amount which was earlier expected to be available for new projects, and is additional to previous Home Office provision under section 11 of £43.8 million for 1995–96. Precise figures for new funding, and the division of funding between local authorities and other eligible recipients such as further education colleges and grant maintained schools, will depend upon actual expenditure in the current financial year and the outcome of the current applications round for which the closing date has been extended to 30 December.

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