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Ec Perifra Programme

Volume 229: debated on Tuesday 27 July 1993

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To ask the President of the Board of Trade, pursuant to his answer to the hon. Member for Newcastle upon Tyne, Central (Mr. Cousins), of 4 November 1992, Official Report, columns 315–16, how much EC funding was made available under the Perifra scheme to each of the eight projects that were approved on 7 August 1992; and how much direct funding was made available to each project by (a) local authorities, (b) Hertfordshire training and enterprise council, (c) the Royal British Legion and (d) the Government.

[holding answer 23 July 1993]: The information requested is as follows.amount of committed spending so far; and what is the length of processing time from submission of applications to approval.

[holding answer 26 July 1993]: SMART—small firms merit award for research and technology—is an annual competition with a closing date for entries. Winners are announced three months later. The number and value of awards made within the current programme, which commenced in 1992, and expenditure to 30 June 1993 are as follows:

Region/Nation

No. of awards

Value of awards offered (£'000)

Expenditure (£'000)

East17763271
East Midlands17757489
North East8352201
Northern Ireland6239134
North West16684456
Scotland17755419
South East311,350856
South West20880542
Wales16714471
West Midlands18765496
Yorks/Humberside14611478
Total1807,8704,813

SPUR—support for products under research—was launched in 1991. The average processing time of applications is 108 days. The number and value of awards, and expenditure to 30 June 1993 are:

Region/Nation

No. of awards

Value of awards offered (£'000)

Expenditure (£'000)

East292,607450
East Midlands181,848507
North East121,070194
North West573,9931,178
Scotland283,1571,173
South East565,9561,619
South West191,450537
Wales211,893430
West Midlands322,274729
Yorkshire/Humberside423,145999
Total31427,3937,816