§ Mr. Nicholas Winterton
asked the Secretary of State for Industry how much aid has been given by the European Community to the north west region during each of the last three years for which figures are available.
§ Mr. MacGregor
The following table provides this information for the EC aid schemes for which my Department is responsible and for which a breakdown of aid by region is available.
EEC aid to North West Region £ million Year ERDF Grants* ECSC Grants† ECSC Loans‡ EIB Loans║ 1980 28.94 NIL 6.10 0.15 1981 13.88 8.40 2.00 2.58 1982 27.54 5.90 NIL NIL * European regional development fund grants committed under the quota section of the fund in respect of approved industrial and infrastructure projects in the assisted areas. A sum of £778,000 has also been committed to the Merseyside shipbuilding closure zone from the non-quota section of the fund for disbursement over the five-year period 1981 to 1985. † European Coal and Steel Community re-adaptation grants allocated to redundant steel workers. ‡ European Coal and Steel Community reconversion loans allocated to redundant coal and steel workers. ║ European Investment Bank loans disbursed to firms investing in projects which create or safeguard employment in the assisted areas.