HC Deb 04 April 2001 vol 366 c206W
Miss Kirkbride

To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if he will provide a breakdown of the costs of each of the projects involving the Rover taskforce and indicate how much of the funding allocated to it remains to be distributed. [156776]

Mr. Byers

The following is a list of projects which I have approved and which count against the £129 million (originally offered to BMW for investment at Longbridge) which I made available to support good quality projects in the West Midlands.

Initial actions and administrative uplift for Advantage West Midlands (AWM) 300,536
Modernisation of the automotive base 27,720,000
Diversifying the regional economy 20,152,000
Support to the workforce2 35,000
Support to families and the community 70,000
Regenerating the area3 22,250,000
Grants offered to firms under the Regional Selective Assistance (RSA) scheme 37,250,000
Support towards Staffordshire taskforce proposals 1,973,000
Acquisition of Industrial Land for the Automotive Sector 10,000,000
Proposals which are presently commercially sensitive 9,000,000
Total allocated against the £129 million 128,750,536
Total unallocated against the £129 million 249,464
1 Estimated cost
2 This does not include expenditure by the Employment Service
3 The regeneration projects arising from the Rover taskforce final report have not yet been approved as I am awaiting details of these proposals. However, an amount of £22,000,000 has been allocated to these proposals and will count against the £129 million