§ Mr. David Porter
To ask the President of the Board of Trade what were the eligibility criteria for regional challenge funding and objective 5b funding at the beginning of 1995; how the criteria had been changed before the announcements of the results: and if he will make a statement. 
§ Mr. Eggar
The eligibility criteria for objective 5b grants, and the additional criteria for objective 5b regional challenge grants. are contained in the single programming documents for each of the areas where the competition was held and in the regional challenge bidding guidance. The criteria were not changed before the announcement I made on 11 December 1995,Official Report, columns 463–65.