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Treasury written question – answered on 29th November 2011.

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Photo of Tessa Munt Tessa Munt Liberal Democrat, Wells

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the effects in each of the smallest geographical areas of the UK for which figures are available of UK receipts under EU structural and cohesion funding schemes on (a) the number of jobs, (b) the number of businesses created, (c) household income and (d) gross domestic product in each of the last five years; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of Mark Prisk Mark Prisk The Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills

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The smallest geographical area within the UK covered by a Structural Funds Operational Programme is Greater London. The second smallest is Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly.

The data requested under (b), (c) and (d) are not collected for these programmes. The programmes have targets for the creation of jobs and for new businesses assisted to be achieved during the life of the programme. The current Structural Funds programmes run from 2007 to 2013 and projects continue to spend until the end of 2015. The full evaluation of the programmes cannot be completed until this process has been completed.

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