HC Deb 21 October 2002 vol 391 cc2-4W
Mr. Breed

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much of the(a) Parish Plan scheme, (b) Community Services Grant and (c) Parish Transport Grant was (i) bid for and (ii) spent in (A) 2001–02 and (B) 2002–03 to date broken down by organisation. [75182]

Funds Spent
Scheme Organisation Bid 01/03 (to Oct 1) Spent 01/02 Spent 02/03 (to Oct 1)
Parish Plans Parish & Town Councils £0.92m £0.39m £0.53m
Community Service Grant Commercial/Retail £2.09m £1.02m £0.87m
Charities £1.22m £0.56m £0.56m
Other1 £1.18m £0.11m £0.97m
Parish Transport Grant Parish and Town Councils £0.97m £0.35m £0.6m


1 "Other" includes private individuals, the voluntary sector and not-for-profit groups.

Mr. Breed

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much has been spent on supporting rural sub-post offices broken down by county since September 2001. [75187]

Alun Michael

The Department for Trade and Industry established a £2 million fund in November 2001 of which £822,337 has been approved up to 30 September 2002. Of this £528,991 has been paid out. The breakdown of funds by English county and devolved administration is:

County Money Approved Money Paid Out
Avon £370 £370
Bedfordshire £44,411 £24,411
Buckinghamshire £1,206 £0
Cambridgeshire £34,974 £19,267
Cheshire £12,355 £0
Cleveland £1,500 £828
Cornwall £22,141 £7,550
County Durham £2115 £1,998
Cumbria £23,231 £21,480
Derbyshire £72,944 £24,977
Devon £42,467 £30,574
Dorset £24,576 £4,200
East Sussex £3,663 £3,663
Essex £29,265 £20,030
Gloucestershire £7,000 £5,471
Hampshire £35,313 £28,329
Herefordshire £6,161 £208
Humberside £19,429 £19,429
Kent £31,391 £24,621
Leicestershire £43,678 £23,444
Lincolnshire £45,075 £39,167
Norfolk £9,277 £5,025
North Yorkshire £394 £394
Nottinghamshire £9,803 £9,803
Shropshire £15,950 £15,950
Somerset £10,475 £10,475
Staffordshire £27,689 £13,590
Tyne and Wear £9,864 £0
West Midlands £1613 £1,613
Wiltshire £9,441 £9,221
Worcestershire £9,187 £8,107
Yorkshire £38,952 £33,035
Northern Ireland £43,822 £33,575
Scotland £55,528 £30,100
Wales £77,077 £47,726

Since April 2001 the Vital Villages programme has supported 35 schemes, which included support for rural

Alun Michael

I refer the hon. Member to the figures below. Annual figures for the amount of money bid for are not currently available. Cumulative figures for the whole programme period, split by organisation, have been given.

post offices. Figures broken down by county are not available but £373,211 has been spent on these schemes in total.

Mr. Breed

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, pursuant to her answer of 6 February 2002,Official Report, column 987W, on the Rural White Paper, what information on expenditure and assistance has since been carried out by her Department on market towns; and if she will publish it. [75837]

Alun Michael

Expenditure on market towns in 2001–02 is estimated at some £2.5m by the Regional Development Agencies and some £2.5m by the Countryside Agency. Information for the current financial year is not yet available but as most towns have now completed their action plans this should result in a substantial increase in project expenditure by RDAs and other partners.

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