§ Mr. Ron Davies
To ask the Secretary of State for Wales if he will list the areas of south Wales which he has submitted for consideration to the European Commission under its review of the European Economic Community's structural funds; and if he will make a statement.
§ Mr. Peter Walker
Decisions on the eligibility for support under the EC structural funds are being taken by the European Commission on the basis of criteria set out in the governing regulations. Her Majesty's Government have recommended to the Commission cases for all four south Wales counties and for the Llanelli travel-to-work area in Dyfed. The whole of the industrial south Wales area is also covered by an integrated development operations programme bid which seeks assistance for the period 1988–92 and transitional arrangements, also included in the funds' regulations, provide for this to be considered by the Commission as planned.