§ Mr. Morgan
To ask the President of the Board of Trade what consultations he has had with the Commissioner for Regional Policy of the European Commission concerning the(a) criteria, (b) time scale and (c) completion date of the redrawing of the assisted area map of the United Kingdom; and what weight is proposed to be given to current defence dependency in designation as an assisted area.
§ Mr. Sainsbury
No consultation has taken place with the Commissioner for Regional Policy of the European Commission specifically about the review of the assisted areas map. In the review of the map the problems and needs of all areas, including areas with heavy dependence on a particular sector, will be carefully considered.