§ 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.399W
§ 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.