Borderlands Growth Deal

Oral Answers to Questions — Scotland – in the House of Commons on 27th March 2019.

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Photo of John Lamont John Lamont Conservative, Berwickshire, Roxburgh and Selkirk

What steps he is taking to deliver the borderlands growth deal.

Photo of Mel Stride Mel Stride Financial Secretary to the Treasury and Paymaster General

In his spring statement, the Chancellor announced the provision of up to £260 million for the borderlands growth deal, which will take the total investment to £345 million.

Photo of John Lamont John Lamont Conservative, Berwickshire, Roxburgh and Selkirk

Extending the borders railway to Hawick, Newcastleton and on to Carlisle would bring economic prosperity and jobs to the Scottish borders and the wider borderlands area. Will the Minister join me in asking for some of that £260 million to be spent on a feasibility study?

Photo of Mel Stride Mel Stride Financial Secretary to the Treasury and Paymaster General

I can certainly confirm that the Department for Transport will be considering a feasibility study on the extension of the borders railway.

Photo of Hugh Gaffney Hugh Gaffney Labour, Coatbridge, Chryston and Bellshill

Has the Minister looked at anything to do with local transport in Scotland? Has he looked at the shambles of ScotRail, and the shambles of local communities that have been left isolated?

Photo of Mel Stride Mel Stride Financial Secretary to the Treasury and Paymaster General

We are totally committed to supporting infrastructure in Scotland. That is why we have announced £1.3 billion to support eight city growth deals that will promote economic growth, prosperity and jobs in Scotland.

Photo of Luke Graham Luke Graham Conservative, Ochil and South Perthshire

Perth city centre is just outside my constituency, but it is nevertheless a cultural and commercial hub for many of my constituents. Is my right hon. Friend considering further funding applications for the city centre and the rural areas of Perth and Kinross?

Photo of Mel Stride Mel Stride Financial Secretary to the Treasury and Paymaster General

Regeneration is of course a devolved matter, but I can assure my hon. Friend that the Government will be supporting Perth via a £150 million commitment to the Tay cities deal.