§ Mr. Butler
To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what representations he has received about the funding of the Cheshire business and innovation centre; and if he will make a statement.
§ Mr. Douglas Hogg
I have received representations from my hon. Friend and others who have asked far money from the European regional development fund to be made available for the Cheshire business and innovation centre.
The eligibility of Cheshire business and innovation centre for support from the European regional development fund will be decided in the light of a Community support framework which will determine the level of overall funding for an area and the priorities for support. Discussions on this are currently taking place.