To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment whether those local authorities in areas eligible to receive European regional development fund assistance will enjoy an increase in their captial allocations to enable utilisation of European regional development fund allocations without a reduction in the proportion of supplementary credit allocation not available to match European regional development fund grant, but used to support housing, education, personal and social services and transport schemes.
I refer the hon. Member to the statement made in the House on 17 February by my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, in which he indicated that future public expenditure plans would show forecast ERDF receipts separately and this would demonstrate that public expenditure cover would be clearly available for such receipts. The detailed arrangements for this are still the subject of dicussion amongst the relevant Government Departments.