HL Deb 27 May 1976 vol 371 cc460-2WA

asked Her Majesty's Government:

How much (expressed in pounds sterling) the United Kingdom has received from the Social Fund of the EEC in each year since accession.


: The United Kingdom has been allocated the following sums from the EEC Social Fund in the years since accession:

1973 £23,914,925
1974 £25,930,056
1975 £45,932,508


asked Her Majesty's Government to list their current applications to the Social Fund, indicating which applications will benefit,—

  1. (a) local authorities:
  2. (b) non-governmental bodies:
  3. (c) voluntary organisations.


: The following current applications to the Social Fund will, if successful, benefit non-Governmental bodies:

Applications by the following Industrial Training Boards (ITBs):— Man-made Fibres, Cotton and Allied Textiles, Air Transport and Travel, Shipbuilding (in conjunction with the Training Services Agency (TSA)) Engineering (in conjunction with the TSA):

Applications by 11 private firms grant aided by the Northern Ireland Department of Manpower Services under the Training on Employers' Premises Scheme: Applications by 6 private companies in Great Britain;

An application by the National Federation of Fruit and Potato Trades;

Applications by two nationalized industries, the National Coal Board and British Gas;

An application by the Joint Standing Committee for the Newspaper Industry.

The following current application will, if successful, benefit a voluntary body:

Application by the Queen Elizabeth's Foundation for the Disabled.

No current application will benefit a local authority.

The remaining current applications are from Government Departments or their agencies and will not benefit non-Governmental bodies, local authorities or voluntary organisations. These applications are in respect of the following operations:

Schemes of training and transference for unemployed workers in the assisted areas of Great Britain

Schemes for the training, transference and rehabilitation of former agricultural workers and workers in or leaving the textile and clothing industries, in Great Britain and Northern Ireland

Training schemes run by the Forestry Commission

Training schemes run by the Northern Ireland Departments of Agriculture. Education and Manpower Services (DMS)

Schemes to encourage training and safeguard the position of young workers during a period of high unemployment

Schemes to assist disabled people in Great Britain and Northern Ireland

Schemes to assist migrant workers and their families

A project to set up a training centre in Chesterfield

Schemes of training in rural areas run by the Council for Small Industries in Rural Areas (COSIRA) and the Small Industries Council for Rural Areas in Scotland (SICRAS).


asked Her Majesty's Government:

To list all new projects which have been started with assistance from the EEC Social Fund.


: The following bodies have started operations of a type not previously undertaken with the benefit of an allocation from the EEC Social Fund:—

Wool, Jute and Flax Industrial Training Board (ITB) (2 operations),

Footwear, Leather and Fur Skin ITB (5 operations),

Construction ITB (4 operations).

Petroleum ITB (2 operations),

Man-made Fibres ITB,

Air Transport and Travel ITB,

Training Services Agency.

Central Electricity Generating Board,

Thyssen (GB) Ltd.,

English Clays, Lovering, Pochin and Co. Ltd.,

19 companies in Northern Ireland.


asked Her Majesty's Government:

To list:

  1. (a)local authorities
  2. (b)non-governmental bodies
  3. (c)voluntary bodies
which have benefited from the EEC Social Fund.


: No local authority has received an allocation from the Social Fund. The following non-governmental bodies have received allocations from the Fund:—

  • Industrial Training Boards,
  • 3 private firms in Great Britain,
  • 19 private firms in Northern Ireland,
  • 3 nationalised industries.
No voluntary body has received an allocation from the Fund.