§ 10. Mr. Wilson
asked the Secretary of State for Scotland why he has withdrawn Scotland from the EEC anti-poverty programme.
§ 14. Mr. Foulkes
asked the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will reconsider his decision not to apply for assistance for Scotland from the EEC anti-poverty programme.
§ Mr. Ancram
After careful consideration, my right hon. Friend and I concluded that participation in the programme was not justified in the light of the potentially very limited benefits to Scotland; and that the balance of advantage lay in concentrating available resources on existing identified programmes and priorities. I see no reason to reconsider this decision.