§ Mr. Wigley
To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what is the estimated total of European regional development fund grants allocated to Wales for the financial year 1993–94, analysed by county; and if he will make it his policy that funding from this source will be treated as additional money by his Department, in line with his additionality agreement between Her Majesty's Government and the EC Commission.
§ Mr. David Hunt
ERDF is allocated to individual structural fund programmes on a calendar year basis. In 1992 and 1993 the following allocations were made to Wales:
£ million 1992 1993 Industrial South Wales 21.88 32.82 Dyfed, Gwynedd, Powys 11.90 11.08 Clwyd 7.82 11.66 RECHAR 13.46 6.39 LEADER 0.543 0.543
Figures are based on an exchange rate of £1 =1.435 ecu
Negotiations about the European Commission's ERDF allocation to Wales for 1994 onwards are underway.
The former Secretary of State for Trade and Industry announced in February 1992 the new public expenditure arrangements to ensure that additionality of ERDF grants would be fully transparent. With effect from 1 April 1993 onwards full additional expenditure cover is being provided for all ERDF capital receipts and for all projects approved under the RECHAR programme from 1 April 1992.