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European Regional Fund

Volume 929: debated on Tuesday 5 April 1977

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asked the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will list those projects in Scotland which would not have gone ahead without support from the EEC Regional Fund from the inception of the Fund to the most recent convenient date.

The responsibility for infrastructure projects rests with their promoters, local authorities and other public bodies, and it is difficult for me to say whether any specific project would not have gone ahead without the Fund's assistance. Claims in respect of industrial projects are based on regional assistance already approved by the Government, and the amounts received from the Fund have no direct effect on the progress of the projects.