HC Deb 26 November 2001 vol 375 c680W
Geraldine Smith

To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what concerns were identified as part of the EOI Review about Lancaster city council's priority 3 economic development zone bid. [16696]

Ms Hewitt

[holding answer 21 November 2001]: Lancaster's "expression of interest" (EOI) in an Economic Development Zone (EDZ) under the North West's Objective 2 Programme for 2000–06 was assessed as high priority and has since resulted in a fully detailed bid for EDZ status and European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) funding. The independent consultants who appraised the EOIs met with Lancaster in October to discuss a range of issues around the nature of activity proposed in the EDZ, the scale of support needed and funding profiles.