Examination of Witnesses (Questions 140
WEDNESDAY 13 DECEMBER 2000
TIMMS MP AND
140. It is quite easy to do though, is it not?
We know what a business is and we know what a residential property
(Mr Timms) It introduces an additional complication
into the system which is not there at the moment and it is not
something I would favour.
141. It is not terribly complicated, is it?
(Mr Timms) There are complications and complications.
It is one we could do without.
142. May I briefly tease out some further ideas
about what constitutes a deprived area? You mentioned the DETR's
list of wards with deprivation but you will also be aware that
there are four areas in the United Kingdom which have been acknowledged
as being deprived areas by the Government, which are the Objective
1 areas. Those are the four areas which the Government has put
forward to the European Union for particular regional assistance,
saying these are our most deprived areas, larger areas than a
ward I accept. There is one in Wales and three in England. Will
those qualify for this relief as well?
(Mr Timms) There will need to be a ward by ward assessment
and I have no doubt at all that many wards in those areas will
meet whatever the threshold eventually turns out to be. I would
not anticipate a blanket passport so that anything which happens
to be in an Objective 1 area automatically benefits from this.
It will not work like that, it will be an assessment made on a
ward by ward basis.
Chairman: I wanted to ask you a few questions
about your role as a Green Minister inside the Treasury but I
am conscious that we have had a very lengthy session so I shall
put these down in writing, if I may. To your relief no doubt.
It remains for me to thank you for coming to the Committee. We
have had a very helpful and very meaty session.