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Volume 131: debated on Thursday 14 April 1988

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To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what further representations have been made to the EEC Commission regarding outstanding payments of iron and steel European readoption and benefit scheme benefits due to Sheffield steelworkers made redundant; and if he will make a statement.

My officials have made a number of further representations at a senior level, and have made the Commission well aware of the consequences which its delay is having on applicants under the iron and steel European readoption and benefit scheme. Regrettably the Commission has still to take a decision on outstanding applications for approval of aid under the treaty of Paris.