§ Mr. Battle
To ask the President of the Board of Trade what representations he has had from the European Commission concerning ERDF grants given to state owned bodies that are subsequently privatised. 
§ Mr. Eggar
The Secretary General of the Commission wrote to all member states earlier this year requesting details of European regional development fund grants to companies which were subsequently privatised. A list of such grants in the United Kingdom was sent in reply. The Commission subsequently asked for further information. We have asked for clarification of this request.