To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many businesses have been helped by each regional development agency; what the average sum of money received by these businesses is; how many of the businesses helped are still operating; and how many of these businesses have increased their profitability.
pursuant to her reply,
Unfortunately the table referred to in the final paragraph was not provided. Following is the complete text.
England's Regional Development Agencies (RDAs) help businesses both directly and indirectly through a range of activities and programmes including skills development, upgrading infrastructure and improving business competitiveness of the region in general.
Information on how many businesses have been helped, the average sum of money received, how many are still operating, and how many have increased their profitability, is not available and could only be provided at disproportionate cost.
The number of businesses added to the regional economy as a direct result of RDA activity is available for financial year 2002—2003 and is broken down by Agency in the following table. The information is also available on the DTI website at http://wwv.dti.gov.uk/rda/info/.
|RDA||Total number of new businesses added to the regional economy in 2002–03 as a direct result of RDA activities|
|Advantage West Midlands||170|
|East of England Development Agency||156|
|East Midlands Development Agency||225|
|London Development Agency||1,368|
|North West Development Agency||603|
|One North East||717|
|South East of England Development Agency||141|
|South West Regional Development Agency||525|