HC Deb 27 October 2003 vol 412 cc109-10WS
Mr. Gordon Prentice

To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what financial allocations have been made to each of the housing renewal pathfinders in England; and if he will make a statement. [134402]

Keith Hill

All of the nine pathfinder areas have been allocated £2.66 million for preparation of a strategic scheme and where considered by the pathfinder appropriate some early projects.

Birmingham Sandwell, East Lancashire, Oldham Rochdale, Merseyside, NewcastleGateshead, North Staffordshire, and South Yorkshire have been allocated £4 million to begin action on the ground ahead of scheme agreement.

Manchester Salford is the first pathfinder to complete and agree their strategic scheme. They have been awarded £125 million over the next two and a half years to implement its scheme.

Further funding for other pathfinders will be negotiated on completion of their scheme.