HC Deb 29 November 1983 vol 49 cc460-1W
Mr. Hirst

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will list the projects in the area covered by the Strathclyde, West European Assembly constituency up to the most convenient recent date, which have been assisted with funds from the Euopean Community and its agencies, and indicate the value of the assistance to each project.

Mr. Allan Stewart

The information is not readily available in the form requested. European Community aid to Strathclyde region includes:

£ million
European Regional Development Fund—Quota Section
Infrastructure projects 107
Industrial projects 30
Non-Quota Section 7.8
FEOGA Guidance Section 5.35
European Investment Bank 228.3

£1,031 million has been allocated to the United Kingdom from the European social fund, but since the bulk of these receipts is for schemes operated on a United Kingdom basis it is not possible to identify a figure for Scotland. Notable awards in Strathclyde, however, are £1 million in 1982–83 and £1.8 million for 1983–84 for the regional council's job creation scheme.

Assistance by way of grants and loans from the European Coal and Steel Community to the United Kingdom totals £2,568 million. Most of these funds are negotiated on a United Kingdom basis by the National Coal Board and the British Steel Corporation. For the steel sector alone £144 million has come to Scotland, but it is not possible to estimate the coal sector receipts. A regional breakdown of the steel receipts with Scotland is not available.

In addition there may be grants for other purposes such as energy or research projects but information on these is not collected centrally.