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European Social Fund Aid

Volume 889: debated on Wednesday 26 March 1975

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asked the Secretary of State for Employment if he will specify the grants and loans which have been approved for the North-West area from the European Social Fund since 1st January 1973.

asked the Secretary of State for Employment what grants and loans have been approved for the West Midlands area from the European Social Fund since 1st January 1973.

asked the Secretary of State for Employment if he will specify the grants and loans which have been approved for the East Midlands area from the European Social Fund since 1st January 1973.

Grants from the European Social Fund are not made specifically for particular areas of England. Some of our allocations are for the whole of Great Britain, and a breakdown between regions is not readily available. All the areas referred to in the Questions benefit in varying degrees from grants made in respect of national schemes of training, rehabilitation and resettlement. The larger allocations are in respect of the development areas and a certain number of intermediate areas. The largest allocation since 1st January 1973 has been for the Training Opportunities Scheme and approximately £4 million of this was for the North-West area.