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Business Links

Mr. Harvey: To ask the President of the Board of Trade if he will list each business link by region, indicating the amount of DTI funding to each for the period 1995-96. [15098]

Mr. Page: Table 1 shows, by region, the pump priming grant for each business link area.

A list of business link services expenditure by business link area could only be provided at disproportionate cost since the information on services grant for each business link is not held centrally and the total services grant for each business link would have to be calculated from local, generally paper-based records of expenditure from each of the services budgets. However, data on expenditure by region are held electronically and table 2 shows expenditure on business support services funded by DTI through training and enterprise councils and business links. These data include expenditure of non-business link services in those areas where the business link had not yet opened in 1995-96.

Table 1: Pump-priming grants for Business Links 1995-96

(£000s)
Area
Heart of England211.1
Thames Valley663.0
Isle of Wight284.3
Milton Keynes720.9
Hampshire(17)0.0
Kent901.1
Surrey666.0
Sussex603.3
South East4,049.6
BL London2,966.5
North London309.5
South London206.9
West London382.9
Central London429.7
London East329.0
North West London124.4
South West London747.2
City/Inner London652.3
London6,148.5
Bedfordshire614.9
Central and S. Cambridgeshire357.5
Essex538.7
Greater Peterborough579.6
Hertfordshire819.9
Norfolk492.1
Suffolk396.6
Eastern3,799.3
West (Avon)1,363.0
Devon and Cornwall1,948.0
Dorset287.1
Gloucestershire508.0
Wiltshire382.3
Somerset779.3
South West5,267.7
Birmingham594.3
Solihull397.0
Wyre Forest276.8
Redditch314.4
Coventry and Warwickshire824.0
Dudley500.4
Hereford and Worcester194.5
Sandwell603.4
Shropshire185.7
Staffordshire305.3
Walsall216.5
Wolverhampton193.2
West Midlands4,605.5
Greater Nottingham573.1
Leicestershire391.4
Lincolnshire289.3
North Derbyshire466.1
North Nottinghamshire256.6
Northamptonshire207.1
Southern Derbyshire174.1
East Midlands2,357.7
Barnsley135.2
Doncaster196.6
Bradford100.0
Calderdale/Kirklees578.9
Humberside335.5
Leeds605.1
North Yorkshire(13)0.0
Rotherham216.9
Sheffield368.2
Wakefield289.7
Yorkshire and the Humber2,826.1
Bolton/Bury(17)0.0
Cumbria642.1
East Lancashire(17)0.0
Halton146.8
High Peak(17)0.0
Manchester350.4
Mid Cheshire(17)0.0
OIdham257.6
Rochdale452.1
South and East Cheshire56.1
Stockport77.4
Warrington(17)0.0
West Lancashire(17)0.0
Wigan86.5
North west2,069.0
Wirral and Chester(17)0.0
Merseyside1,143.4
St. Helens233.6
Merseyside1,377
Durham535.1
Northumberland382.9
Teesside533.8
Tyneside336.5
Wearside216.6
North east2,004.9
BL Support5,030.8
National total39,536.1

(17) Pump-priming expenditure began after 1995-96.


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Table 2: Expenditure on business support services funded by DTI through TECs and Business Links 1995-96

Region£ million
South East6.41
London5.59
Eastern5.02
South West4.83
West Midlands6.06
East Midlands4.32
Yorkshire and The Humber2.89
North West4.60
Merseyside1.37
North East2.54
Total43.63

Ford Factory, Halewood

Mr. Hall: To ask the President of the Board of Trade if he will state the conditions attached to each Government grant to the Ford factory at Halewood since 1974 indicating whether they were conditional on job creation or job protection and when those conditions were met. [15256]

Mr. Greg Knight [holding answer 11 February 1997]: Grant payments given under the regional development grants scheme between 1974 and 1987 required the relevant assets to remain in place for a minimum of four years. Payments were not linked to job creation or safeguarding. The scheme provided for recovery of a proportion of the grant where the conditions were not met in full.

Grant payments given under the RDG scheme between 1991 and 1992 were based on set targets for capital expenditure and job creation. The assets were required to remain in place for a minimum of three years and the jobs for 18 months following the completion of the project. The scheme provided for withholding and recovery of grant where these conditions were not met. One project remains within these conditions until 31 December 1997.

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Grants given under the RSA scheme were phased over a number of years against targets for capital spend and the creation and safeguarding of jobs. Final payments were made on the satisfactory completion of the projects and were based on the actual capital spend and jobs achieved. From November 1984, assets were required to remain in place for a minimum of three years and the jobs for 18 months following the completion of the project. None of these grants remains within the conditions of the scheme.

Mr. Hall: To ask the President of the Board of Trade if he will list Government assistance to the Ford factory at Halewood prior to 1974 (a) at current prices and (b) at constant prices. [15257]

Mr. Knight [holding answer 11 February 1997]: Information about all Government assistance awarded prior to 1974 is not held centrally and can be obtained only at disproportionate cost.

Mr. Hall: To ask the President of the Board of Trade if he will list (a) the dates on which Government grants to the Ford factory at Halewood authorised after 1974 were paid and (b) the amounts in constant prices using the gross domestic product deflator for 1995-96. [15255]

Mr. Knight [holding answer 11 February 1997]: Payments made by the Department under the regional development grants and regional selective assistance schemes were as follows:

£000 (1995-96 prices)
RDGIRDGIIRSATotal
1974188188
19755,8165,816
19767,0927,092
19771,9521,952
197893366,23567,168
19791,18720,19921,386
198015,8874,06719,954
198127,23527,235
198211,61811,618
19837,3107,310
19846,1676,167
19851,6801,680
198612,82012,820
19879494,1545,103
19881,7111,711
19893,6403,640
1990476475
19914,3714,371
19923,6574834,141
Total100,8348,028100,965209,827

Post Office (Privatisation)

Mr. Milburn: To ask the President of the Board of Trade how much his Department has spent over the last five years on preparation for, and feasibility studies of, Post Office privatisation, indicating the amounts spent on (a) contracts with consultants and (b) the employment of full-time and part-time staff. [15371]

Mr. Page [holding answer 11 February 1997]: The amount spent on consultancy advice between July 1992 and the Government's decision in November 1994 not to proceed with legislation on the Post Office in the current Parliament was £1,613,002.28. The amount spent on

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full-time and part-time staff working on matters relating to preparation for, or feasibility studies of, Post Office privatisation during this period could be established only at disproportionate cost.

Publicity

Mr. Milburn: To ask the President of the Board of Trade what was his Department's expenditure on contractors to provide publicity and news services from centrally managed budgets in each year since 1979-80. [15365]

Mr. John M. Taylor [holding answer 11 February 1997]: For the publicity and news services expenditure for 1993-94, 1994-95 and 1995-96, I refer the hon. Member to the answer given to the hon. Member for Barking (Ms Hodge) on 11 November 1996, Official Report, column 15.

The expenditure for 1990-91, 1991-92, and 1992-93 is as follows:

£'000
1990-9115,820
1991-9210,203
1992-9310,117

The figures for previous years are not available.

Mr. Milburn: To ask the President of the Board of Trade what was his Department's expenditure on staff employed full time or part time to provide (a) publicity and (b) work on press and media in each year since 1979-80. [15366]

Mr. Taylor [holding answer 11 February 1997]: I refer the hon. Member to the answer given to the hon. Member for Barking (Ms Hodge) on 11 November 1996, Official Report, column 15.

Figures for previous years are not available on a comparable basis.


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