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Ec (Regional Development Fund)

Volume 86: debated on Wednesday 13 November 1985

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asked the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry (1) if he will list the amended quota ranges for the European regional development fund taking into account the accession of Spain and Portugal, together with the quota ranges which have applied in 1985; what effect the revised estimates for the integrated Mediterranean programme will have on the availability of quota funds; what increases in the total funds for the European regional development fund are contained in the Council of Minister's draft 1986 budget; and what estimate he has made of the effect of all these factors on the total amount of quota funds available to the United Kingdom in 1986;(2) what

(a) nominal and (b) real increase in regional funds is contained in the draft 1986 EEC budget approved by the Council of Ministers; and if the increase is sufficient to cover the 1986 share of the 4ยท1 billion European currency units designated for the integrated Mediterranean programme without cutting the fund's existing operations as stated in Cmnd. 9627 section 1.9.

I shall write to the hon. Member and place a copy of my letter in the Library.