HC Deb 02 April 1990 vol 170 cc398-9W
Mr. Butler

To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if he will give the total of European regional development fund moneys given to the borough of St. Helens in each of the last five years.

Mr. Douglas Hogg

The totals of commitments from the European regional development fund in respect of projects in St. Helens, Merseyside in the last five years have been as follows:

Industrial Infrastructure Total
£ £ £
1985 55,783 142,500 198,283
1986 144,002 29,500 173,502
1987 45,057 185,400 230,457
1988 12,057 12,057
1989 50,958 50,958

The absence of commitments to infrastructure projects in 1989 is due to the European Commission's delay in approving the Mersey basin programme which includes St. Helens. With the recent approval of this programme commitments will resume.

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