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Volume 227: debated on Friday 2 July 1993

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To ask the President of the Board of Trade what estimate his Department has made of the effect of the depreciation of sterling against the ecu since September 1992 on the level of sterling receipts for the RECHAR programme in 1993–94; and if he will make a statement.

[holding answer 30 June 1993]: RECHAR is part of European regional development fund and European social fund expenditure under the European structural funds. Any estimate of the level of sterling receipts in 1993–94 would be subject to the uncertainties referred to in the replies given by my right hon. Friend the Paymaster General on 16 June, Official Report, column 613 and 21 June, Official Report, column 15.