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S5W-22874: Jamie Greene (West Scotland)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 30 April 2019

To ask the Scottish Government how much is spent per person on enterprise and economic development in (a) North Ayrshire, (b) Inverclyde and (c) Scotland.

Answered by: Derek Mackay 10 May 2019

Since 2007, the Scottish Government, its enterprise and skills agencies and local authorities have invested significant resources to enable Scotland's economy to thrive and flourish. The specific, extrapolated information requested is not held centrally. Given the contributory funding support provided across a wide range of policy areas, it is not possible to isolate a precise enterprise and economic development element in order to provide the information requested.

Supporting enterprise and economic development is key to the Scottish Government’s mission to drive inclusive economic growth. Specific investments, such as the £1.7 billion committed to City Region and Regional Growth Deals and associated investments, are working in tandem with complementary investment in other areas, including housing, health, education and skills, transport, tourism and culture to secure inclusive growth.

In relation to the Growth Deal programme, North Ayrshire and Inverclyde will benefit from significant levels of fresh investment from the Scottish Government through the Ayrshire Growth Deal and the Glasgow City Region Deal, accounting for a combined investment commitment of £603 million over the next 10-20 years. This catalyst investment will help to realise tangible benefits for people and communities in the form of new jobs and wider economic opportunities.