§ Mr. Tyler
To ask the President of the Board of Trade what is the estimated total United Kingdom contribution to the European Community cohesion fund over the next seven years; which member states are expected to benefit from it; and what criteria will be used to determine the eligibility of infrastructure projects, with particular reference to schemes to meet bathing water quality and urban waste water directives.
§ Mr. Sainsbury
The estimated United Kingdom contribution to the European cohesion fund over the seven-year period 1993 to 1999, net of abatement, is 750 million ecu, about £575 million, at 1992 prices. The beneficiary member states are Spain, Portugal, Greece and the Republic of Ireland.
The governing regulation contains no specific reference to the bathing water quality and urban waste water directives, but grant-aided environmental projects are required to contribute to the achievement of the objectives of Article 130r of the Treaty.