§ Mr. Jim Spicer
asked the Secretary of State for Employment what grants and loans have been approved for the South-West area from the European Social Fund since 1st January 1973.
§ Mr. John Fraser
Grants from the European Social Fund are not made specifically for particular areas of England. Some of our allocations are for the whole of Great Britain and a breakdown between regions is not readily available. The South-West area shares in the benefits from grants made in respect of national schemes of training, rehabilitation and resettlement.
The larger allocations are in respect of the development areas and a certain number of intermediate areas. The largest allocation since 1st January 1973 has been for the Training Opportunities Schemes; at a rough estimate about £750,000 of this was for the South-West area.