§ 26. Mr. Hicks
asked the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if he will make a statement on the progress of his discussions with Ministers of other EEC countries and members of the EEC Commission in respect of the formulation of a Community regional policy and in particular the designation of peripheral regions.
§ Mr. Chataway
The creation of a Community Regional Fund and the designation of central areas are separate issues. There have been a number of contacts on both, and discussions are continuing. I have as yet no statement to make.