HC Deb 30 July 1998 vol 317 c418W
Mr. Ian Stewart

To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions if he will make a report on the progress of English Partnerships. [54623]

Mr. Caborn

I have today laid before Parliament English Partnerships' Annual Report and Accounts for 1997–98, which sets out their achievements last year. The Report provides details of the Agency's £315 million development programme and illustrates the varied range of their projects across the English regions. It explains that 545 projects were approved in 1997–98 and a total of over 2000 have been completed in the Agency's first four years. The Agency's key outputs for 1997–98 were as follows:

Outputs for 1997–98
Jobs created/safeguarded 29,000
Land regenerated (Ha) 1,350
Private finance attracted (£m) 767
Housing units facilitated 7,540
Commercial/industrial floorspace developed (sq.m) 860,000