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Eec Grants And Loans

Volume 885: debated on Wednesday 29 January 1975

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asked the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will publish in the Official Report the total receipts in cash terms to Scotland from the following European Economic Community sources for the period 1st January 1973 to 1st January 1975; (1) the Social Fund, (2) the European Investment Bank, (3) the European Agricultural Guidance and Guarantee Fund, and (4) the European Coal and Steel Community; and what percentage of the total disbursement from these funds within the United Kingdom went to Scotland.

Information in the form requested by the hon. Member is not readily available. I refer him to my replies to the hon. Member for Aberdeen, South (Mr. Sproat) on 26th November 1974 and to the hon. Member for Edinburgh, Pentlands (Mr. Rifkind) on 23rd January 1975 which gave information on sums committed for identifiably Scottish projects or expenditures.To that information should be added a £4 million loan approved by the European Investment Bank in December 1974 for a steel fabrication project in Lewis.Commitments and approvals towards identifiably Scottish projects and expenditures account for approximately the following percentages of commitments and approvals in respect of the United Kingdom in the period up to December 1974:

per cent.
(1) EEC Social Fund20
(2) European Investment Bank16
(3) European Agricultural Guidance and Guarantee Fund Guidance Section) Individual Projects Scheme21
(4) European Coal and Steel Community Funds20
N.B. There are other EEC contributions, e.g. EAGGF guarantee payments, for which Scottish figures are not readily available.