HC Deb 11 November 1997 vol 300 c486W
Ms Walley

To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions what the breakdown was by region of(a) freight facilities grants and (b) track access grants in the most recent available year; and if he will make a statement. [15313]

It is not possible to allocate track access grants to specific regions since the grant aided traffic traverses more than one region and, in one case, all regions. Awards of track access grant are paid over a number of years; in 1996–97 £12.3 million was paid to five claimants.

The Government are committed to encouraging greater take-up of grants from all regions.

Ms Glenda Jackson

In the 1996–97 financial year seven rail and one inland waterways freight facilities grants were awarded in England:

Region Number of awards Value of awards £
East Midlands 2 (rail) 1,335,472
Yorkshire and Humber 2 (rail) 509,787
North West 1 (rail) 230,805
North East 1 (rail) 402,029
London 1 (rail) 1,904,032
South East 1 (Inland Waterways grant) 47,338