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European Community (Regional Policy)

Volume 13: debated on Thursday 26 November 1981

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asked the Secretary of State for Industry, in the light of the first periodic report on the social and economic situation of the regions of the Community, (CON)(80) (816 Final), what is the policy of Her Majesty's Government towards the proposal that Yorkshire, Humberside and the South-West should be excluded from the regions eligible for assistance from the European regional development fund.

The European Commission's proposal would exclude these regions only from assistance from the quota section of the fund; they would remain eligible for aid from the non-quota section, which the Commission has proposed should be enlarged.The proposal is unwelcome, and we shall wish to explore the justification for it in the forthcoming multilateral discussions.