HC Deb 18 May 1981 vol 5 c21W
Mr. Murphy

asked the Secretary of State for Industry if he will take steps to change the designated areas for assistance in order to qualify for increased European Economic Community financial support.

Mr. MacGregor

No. We would not increase the amount of Community financial support for this country merely by adding to designated areas. So an increase in the areas eligible for aid from the Community would simply spread the available aid more thinly. This would dilute Government regional policy.