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European Economic Community(Aid)

Volume 889: debated on Wednesday 26 March 1975

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asked the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will publish in theOfficial Reportthe various forms of financial assistance given to projects in Scotland by the EEC in the last 18 months.

I would refer my hon. Friend to the comprehensive information given in reply to the hon. Member for Edinburgh, West (Lord James Douglas-Hamilton) on 11th March.—[Vol. 888, c. 130–2 and 131–4,]

Is my hon. Friend aware that his reply is not comprehensive? Does he deny or confirm that more than £30 million has been given in grants or loans for onshore and offshore development of North Sea oil? Is he also aware that several hundred thousand pounds have been given to help build fishing vessels in the north-east of Scotland and elsewhere and that a figure of £2,000 was given by the EEC to the Seafield Colliery disaster fund in Fife? Will he publish in much greater detail than given in the original answer the enormous benefits which have accrued to Scotland through our membership of the EEC?

I invite my hon. Friend to look at the answer again, because all the points that he mentioned are included in it.