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S5W-16476: Maurice Corry (West Scotland)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 8 May 2018

To ask the Scottish Government how much it has spent in each year since 2007 on projects that aid economic development in the West Scotland parliamentary region, broken down by (a) parliamentary constituency and (b) local authority area.

Answered by: Paul Wheelhouse 17 May 2018

Since 2007, the Scottish Government, its enterprise and skills agencies and partners in local government have invested significant resource to enable Scotland's economy, and that of the West Scotland parliamentary region, to thrive and flourish.

The specific, extrapolated information requested on projects is not held centrally, and given the scope of funding support provided across a wide range of relevant policy areas, it is not possible to disaggregate the economic development element to provide this information.

Given the impact of de-industrialisation on many communities in the West Scotland parliamentary region, it has been and remains a priority for this Government to support economic development aimed at achieving inclusive growth. As an example, the West Scotland parliamentary region has benefited from over £111 million of investment in the west of Scotland through Regional Selective Assistance (RSA) grants awarded to over 300 companies since 2007, creating 9,412 new jobs and safeguarding 4,766.

Financial support either to businesses or for specific public sector led economic development projects is not the only way in which inclusive economic development is being aided in the West Scotland parliamentary region. Rather, economic development and inclusive growth are assisted and enabled by the Scottish Government's commitment to investing in a wide range of areas such as regeneration, housing, health, education and skills, transport, tourism and culture.

The £500 million of investment over 20 years in the eight local authorities who are partners in the Glasgow City Region Deal is another tangible example of that commitment, as is the £500 million M8 M73 and M74 Motorway Improvement Project, which opened in June 2017 and will help to aid and promote sustainable economic growth by improving access to facilities and employment areas for communities and businesses across west central Scotland.