§ Mr. Alasdair Morgan
To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what criteria were used in selecting wards eligible for assisted area status in Dumfries and Galloway; and what values were attached to each of the criteria for each ward. 
§ Mr. Caborn
We used the criteria set out in Annex C of the "Government's Proposals for New Assisted Areas", which were published on 15 July. A copy was sent to every MP.
The Government have not published ward-based information as it could be disclosive of personal information.