§ Mr. Alton
asked the Prime Minister if she will publish the total figures to date allocated from the EEC regional development fund for projects in (a) Scotland, (b) Wales, (c) the North-West and (d) the North-East of England; and of the figure granted to the North-West, how much has gone to the area covered by Merseyside county council.
§ The Prime Minister
The following amounts have been committed from the European regional development fund since its inception in 1975 to February 1981:
£ million Scotland 166.450 Wales 95.463 North-West region 103.551 Northern region 128.142
It is not possible, except at disproportionate cost, to identify the amounts committed in respect of projects in the area covered by the Merseyside county council. However, the amount committed for the Merseyside special development area (including Skelmersdale new town) which covers most of the council area except parts of St. Helens, Southport, Wigan, Leigh and Ormskirk employment office areas but includes that part of the special development area in Cheshire, is £79.607 million.