HC Deb 03 July 1979 vol 969 c538W
Mr. Foster

asked the Secretary of State for Industry if he will publish in the Official Report the expenditure on (a) regional development grants, (b) regional selective assistance, and (c) selective financial assistance in 1978–79 in (i) the Northern region, (ii) Great Britain, and (iii) (i) expressed as a percentage of (ii).

Mr. David Mitchell

I regret that the full year's figures are not yet available. The latest figures are as follows:

under the common agricultural policy are effectively for social purposes; (3) what action the Government are taking to ensure that in future the EEC distinguishes between agricultural and social support in its payments; and (4) when results can be expected.

Mr. Buchanan-Smith

The answer to the first part of the question is as follows:

levels which govern guarantee section expenditure. The Government take the view in CAP negotiations that agricultural support decisions should have regard primarily to markets and the needs of efficient producers, and that where social factors arise these should be considered separately.