§ Mr. Alton
To ask the President of the Board of Trade when he intends to issue details of the rules and regulations governing the role of the private sector in objective 1 projects; when he expects that discussions with the European Commission concerning additionality will be resolved; what progress is being made in expediting the Merseyside objective 1 programme; and if he will make a statement.
§ Mr. Sainsbury
Negotiations with the European Commission on the Merseyside objective 1 single programming document are nearing their conclusion.
There is already guidance on the role of the private sector in structural funds projects. This is currently under review by United Kingdom Government Departments and the European Commission.