§ Lynne Jones
To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what estimates she has made of the level of inward investment into(a) Birmingham, (b) the West Midlands region and (c) the London region in the period 1998 to 2002. 
§ Alan Johnson
The figures in the table are based on information provided by companies at the time of the announcement of the decision to invest in the UK. There is no requirement to notify Invest-UK of such decisions to invest, and so these figures include only those projects where Invest-UK and its regional partners were involved or which have come to their notice.
Invest-UK does not hold inward investment data relating to sub-regional level. However, the number of inward investment projects successes recorded in London and the West Midlands regions during the financial years 1998–2002 are as follows:
Region 1998–99 1999–2000 2000–01 2001–02 West Midlands 72 99 103 98 London 105 159 227 215