§ Mr. McLeish
To ask the Secretary of State for Employment if he is now in a position to make proposals about allocations from the European social fund for 1990.
§ Mr. Forth
My Department indicated in May this year the overall amounts of money likely to be available to the main groups of organisations involved in the European social fund in 1990. The individual organisations subsequently submitted project applications requesting more precise allocations of ESF assistance for 1990. These applications are currently being examined by my Department for approval. Some actual payments have already been made, and it is hoped to complete this process by January.