HC Deb 15 December 1989 vol 163 c857W
Mr. Battle

To ask the Secretary of State for Employment what is the United Kingdom share of European social fund allocation for each year from 1979 to 1990 by percentage and total.

Mr. Eggar

The European social fund allocation to the United Kingdom for each year from 1979 to 1989 (the latest year available) is listed in the table by total and percentage.

European social fund Allocations to the United Kingdom (figures have been rounded)
Year Amount £ per cent. of fund
1979 105 25.4
1980 135 23.3
1981 141 24.8
1982 257 29
1983 321 29.5
1984 353 31.6
1985 308 23.7
1986 280.5 16.4
1987 435.5 18.8
1988 405.3 19.1
1989 418 18.1

Mr. Battle

To ask the Secretary of State for Employment whether any transitional period has been allowed for running down European social fund training schemes experiencing a reduction of grant as a result of the introduction of new criteria in 1990.

Mr. Eggar

Historically all schemes have had to make fresh applications each year for European social fund support with no guarantee of subsequent funding. This remains the situation for at least the first year of the new European social fund arrangements. As yet, the amounts for the United Kingdom in future years is not known and, therefore, the effect on individual schemes cannot be gauged.

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