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European Community Grants And Loans

Volume 894: debated on Thursday 26 June 1975

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asked the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what grants and loans have been given to the Province by the EEC under the regional policy; and whether he will seek to provide more employment opportunities by encouraging further applications.

The procedure for assistance under the Regional Development Fund is still to be settled. No grants or loans have yet been paid in Northern Ireland or any other part of the United Kingdom.With regard to other assistance from the European Social Fund, the European Investment Bank and other EEC sources, there is nothing to add to the replies, given to questions by the hon. Members for Epping Forest (Mr. Biggs-Davison) and Down, North (Mr. Kilfedder) on 30th April 1975 and 22nd May 1975 respectively.My right hon. Friend is anxious to promote employment opportunities by every appropriate means; steps have been taken to disseminate information about applications under the various EEC schemes.