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European Community Grants

Volume 929: debated on Tuesday 5 April 1977

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asked the Secretary of State for Wales what representations he has received concerning his interpretation of paragraph 30 of Welsh Office Circular 89/76, regarding the reduction of locally determined scheme allocations to allow for EEC grants, irrespective of how projects are financed; and what response he has made to these representations.

Representations have been received from my right hon. Friend the Member for Anglesey (Mr. Hughes) and from the Ynys Mon and Cynon Valley Borough Councils. The replies have explained that local authorities receiving European Regional Development Fund grants benefit by way of relief from borrowing charges, but that in view of the need to contain public expenditure locally-determined sector borrowing allocations must be abated by the amounts received from the fund.