To ask Her Majesty's Government how much of the £281 million allocated to the North West over seven years under the Stronger Towns Fund will be allocated to Lancashire; how the funding will be phased over the seven years; and how much will be allocated to (1) the County Council, (2) the two Unitary Authorities, and (3) the County Districts.
To ask Her Majesty's Government whether district councils in two-tier areas will be able to bid for funds from the £600 million pot in the Stronger Towns Fund; and whether town and parish councils will be able to bid for any of this funding where they are the representative body which encompasses a town.
To ask Her Majesty's Government whether funding from the Stronger Towns Fund could be allocated to schemes for the restoration of railway lines and services, such as the link between the towns of Colne, Earby and Skipton.
To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their definition of a town for the purpose of the Stronger Towns Fund; and what steps they will take to make sure that the relevant towns are involved closely in the decisions over the use of the Fund and in submissions for that part of the Fund for which bids will be invited.
A prospectus for the Stronger Towns Fund will be published before the summer recess. It will detail the role of local partners, relevant definitions and eligibility criteria. This will also set out the process for the £600 million competitive component of the fund.