HL Deb 16 June 1982 vol 431 c700WA
Lord O'Hagan

asked Her Majesty's Government:

Whether Devon and Cornwall will be excluded from benefits of the European Regional Development Fund.

Viscount Trenchard

The Commission have proposed, in the context of a proposal for a regulation amending Regulation No. 724/75 (establishing a European Regional Development Fund), that the South-West together with Yorkshire and Humberside, the East Midlands and all regions in Germany, mainland France, the Netherlands, Belgium, Denmark and Luxembourg, should no longer be eligible for aid from the quota section of the fund. They would continue to be eligible for aid from the non-quota section which the Commission proposed should be enlarged. The proposal for the exclusion of the English regions is nevertheless unwelcome, and we are resisting it firmly.

House adjourned at twenty-eight minutes past seven o'clock.