HC Deb 13 December 1988 vol 143 c494W
Mr. Blunkett

To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster how much of the non-allotted funds for steel areas under EEC and ESCS schemes remains unspent; what plans there are for finalising further projects under these schemes; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Robert Atkins

The "non-quota" measure of steel closure areas is for grants from the EEC European regional development fund. In England, approximately £2.5 million of the £22.5 million allocation is uncommitted. It is expected that offers of assistance will take up the bulk of this by the closing date of 31 March 1989.