§ Mr. Eastham
asked the Secretary of State for Trade if he will take action to expedite representations to the European Economic Community European regional development fund for grant aid allocation to be made in respect of the strengthening and improvement of the runway at Manchester airport.
§ Mr. Tebbit
An application for European regional development fund aid for this project was made by the Government in August 1979. The power to decide on assistance from the fund rests with the Commission. No time limit is set, but nevertheless an explanation is being sought of the delay in reaching a decision on this case.