§ Mr. Harris
To ask the Secretary of State for Employment when the guidelines for programmes under the European social fund for the next three years will be available to local authorities.
§ Mr. Cope
The European Commission published its guidelines concerning European social fund intervention in respect of action against long-term unemployment and occupational integration of young people in theOfficial Journal of the European Communities on 24 February 1989. My Department circulated these guidelines, the new European social fund regulations and its own guidance to all past fund applicants and representatives of the local authority associations on 11 April 1989. My Department also circulated to them on 21 June 1989 its own guidance on how to complete the European Commission's form for operational programmes, "Application For Assistance From The European Social Fund".