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European Regional Development Fund

Volume 32: debated on Friday 26 November 1982

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asked the Secretary of State for Industry what is the total amount of assistance the United Kingdom receives from the European regional development fund; and what percentage is allocated to England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales.

A total of 95 per cent. of the fund's resources are allocated according to national quotas, the United Kingdom's quota being 23·8 per cent. Since the inception of the fund in 1975, total allocations to the United Kingdom have amounted to £875.4 million, of which 44·8 per cent. has been committed to projects in England, 13·7 per cent. to Northern Ireland, 24·9 per cent. to Scotland and 16·6 per cent. to Wales. In addition, the United Kingdom has so far been allocated £32·2 million from the non-quota section, of which 24·1 per cent. will benefit areas in England, 19 per cent. Northern Ireland, 24·1 per cent. Scotland and 32·8 per cent. Wales. Substantially more non-quota aid for the United Kingdom is expected shortly.