HC Deb 02 December 1980 vol 995 cc139-40W
Mr. Wigley

asked the Secretary of State for Industry what steps he has taken to counter opposition from German and Dutch representatives in the EEC towards the United Kingdom benefiting from regional and other funds on the basis that the EEC should not support expenditure in the United Kingdom which the British Government are reluctant to undertake.

Mr. David Mitchell

Applications for aid from the European regional development Fund and the social fund are discussed by all member States. I have no evidence that the opposition which is alleged does occur. If the hon.

£ million
1970–71 1971–72 1972–73 1973–74 1974–75 1975–76 1976–77 1977–78 1978–79 1979–80
British Steel Corporation:
(a) capital written off 350
(b) PDC or subscriptions of capital* 45 345 490 445 850 905
British Shipbuilders
(a) PDC 236
(b) Intervention Fund grants etc. 28 11 31
British Aerospace: PDC 27 †50 33
Post Office:
(a) compensation for price restraint 9.7 133.3 297.3 9.2

Member has any particular case in mind, I would be grateful if he would send me details and I shall then look into it.

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