Business: Lancashire

Business, Innovation and Skills written question – answered on 10th February 2010.

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Photo of Geraldine Smith Geraldine Smith Labour, Morecambe and Lunesdale

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills what steps his Department is taking to encourage business investment in Morecambe and Lunesdale.

Photo of Rosie Winterton Rosie Winterton Minister of State (Regional Affairs) (Yorkshire and the Humber), Minister of State (Department for Communities and Local Government) (Local Government) (also in the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills), Minister of State (Department for Business, Innovation and Skills) (Regional Economic Development and Co-ordination); (also in the Department for Communities and Local Government)

Northwest Development Agency (NWDA) has taken a number of steps to encourage business investment in Morecambe and Lunesdale. These include the wide range of support available within the "Solutions for Business" portfolio, as well as specific measures to encourage tourism such as £300,000 for a feasibility study to bring the Winter Gardens back into use and a £4 million contribution towards the refurbishment of the iconic Midland Hotel, revitalising the tourist economy. Heysham is also one of the 10 sites under consideration for a new power station under the draft Nuclear National Policy Statement.

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