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Gatwick Diamond

The Gatwick Diamond Initiative (GDI) is a business led private/public sector joint venture managed by Surrey Economic Partnership and West Sussex Economic Partnership, supported by businesses, SEEDA, local authorities, LSC, Business Link and higher and further education providers to facilitate and co-ordinate actions that will improve the economic performance of the area.

Through the West Sussex Economic Skills and Enterprise Board, SEEDA is providing capacity and operational funding of £100,000 to the Gatwick Diamond Initiative which is matched by local authorities. SEEDA has also funded key studies to benchmark the sub region internationally and a demand study to support proposals for the university centre in Crawley.

The new governance arrangements have been agreed by both the public and private sector. The main board is business-led and SEEDA are well represented across all levels of the new structure.

A strong working relationship continues to develop between Gatwick airport and SEEDA as the airport moves to divest itself from BAA and progresses the sale of the airport. SEEDA is working closely with the airport management team to ensure that the airport continues to play a full role in the economic development opportunities of the Gatwick Diamond.

The university of Brighton, in partnership with SEEDA, Crawley borough council and Central Sussex college are taking a lead role in the creation of a university centre in Crawley that will support educational attainment and progression across the Gatwick Diamond.

SEEDA recognise East and West Sussex as individual counties. Mid Sussex is one of seven local district authorities which comprise West Sussex. SEEDA do not break down their data into districts and would only be able to separate information on Mid Sussex by carrying out a manual trawl of all the data provided.

Mid Sussex is one of the six district and borough authorities which makes up the Gatwick Diamond for Investment and Growth.

Technology Strategy Board

Mr. Oaten: To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills which applicants have received funding from the Technology Strategy Board's £72 million spending on innovative research and development announced in October 2008. [293029]

Mr. Lammy: The £72 million spending is being delivered through nine specific areas, as follows:

Phase 1, opening 10 November 2008

Phase 2, opening 19 January 2009

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Phase 3, opening 16 March 2009

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The Low Impact Buildings: Design and Decision Tools competition (in Phase 2) was delayed until June 2009 and is currently at assessment stage. For the other competition areas, the applicants that have received offers of grant funding will be placed in the Libraries.

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