English Partnerships

Communities and Local Government written question – answered on 9th October 2006.

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Photo of Alistair Burt Alistair Burt Shadow Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government

(1) what representations have been made to her concerning the balance of expenditure between the north and south of England by English Partnerships since 2001-02; and if she will make a statement;

(2) what percentage of English Partnerships' annual programme expenditure was spent in (a) the North East, (b) the North West, (c) Yorkshire and Humberside, (d) the East Midlands, (e) the West Midlands, (f) the East of England, (g) London, (h) the South East and (i) the South West in each year since 2001-02.

Photo of Yvette Cooper Yvette Cooper Minister of State (Department of Communities and Local Government) (Housing and Planning)

holding answer 11 September 2006

No representations have been received by the Secretary of State for the Department for Communities and Local Government concerning the balance of English Partnerships' (EP) expenditure since 2001-02 between the north and the south of England.

EP's gross programme expenditure since 2001-02 by Government Office region is set out in the following table.

Spend as a percentage of total programme (all spend figures in £million)
Years ended 31 March 2001-2 Percentage 2002-3 Percentage 2003-4 Percentage
Total East Midlands 11 7 31 13 31 8
East Of England 3 2 4 2 11 3
London 18 11 25 11 95 23
North East 19 11 21 9 29 7
North West 38 23 56 24 79 19
South East 17 10 36 16 74 18
South West 9 5 14 6 38 9
West Midlands 12 7 10 4 16 4
Yorkshire and The Humber 25 15 21 9 23 6
Other National 15 9 13 6 13 3
EP Total 167 100 231 100 409 100
North includes Midlands 105 63 139 60 178 44
South 47 28 79 34 218 53
Other National 15 9 13 6 13 3
Years ended 31 March 2004-5 Percentage 2005-6 Percentage
Total East Midlands 41 8 49 6
East Of England 15 3 137 16
London 146 30 22 3
North East 27 6 26 3
North West 67 14 98 12
South East 85 17 121 14
South West 24 5 38 5
West Midlands 22 5 27 3
Yorkshire and The Humber 34 7 16 2
Other National 26 5 302 36
EP Total 487 100 836 100
North includes Midlands 191 39 216 26
South 270 55 318 38
Other National 26 5 302 36
Note: 1. For the purposes of this answer the south of England includes South East, South West, East of England and London, with other regions taken to mean the north of England. 2. The "national" includes EP's purchase of a national portfolio of NHS sites in early 2006 which amounted to 302m and other expenditure that EP accounts for on a national basis.

The figures demonstrate increased Government investment through EP's programme across England in urban regeneration and the communities plan including the supply of high-quality affordable housing in areas experiencing housing pressure. EP investment has grown significantly nationwide over the period quoted. (More information can be found about EP's programmes in its annual reports over recent years, copies of which are held in the Libraries of both Houses or can be found on its website at http://www.englishpartnerships.co.uk/home.htm).

It is worth noting that the impact of a single transaction can be seen from the spend figure of £137 million for 2005-06 in the East of England. This included the single, extraordinary acquisition of a Ministry of Defence site at Oakington near Cambridge for the development of a new community at Northstowe for over £100 million. Excluding that one transaction from the table would have changed EP's 2005-06 investment figures to £218 million for the south and £216 million for the north.

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