§ Mr. Alton
To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment when he expects to respond to the representations made to him by the Merseyside European liaison unit about(a) the additionality requirements for 1995 objective 1 funding, (b) its submission concerning the strategic role of local authorities in determining priorities and (c) the enhancement of private sector participation in the objective I programme; and if he will make a statement.
§ Mr. Curry
The structural funds are used to support projects which provide economic benefits to the area concerned. This will not generally involve direct support for productive investment. Such support is made available through intermediary bodies. Proposals for facilitating the private sector contribution to infrastructure projects part funded by the structural funds have been put to the Commission and their comments are awaited.
§ Mrs. Jane Kennedy
To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment what steps he is taking to permit private sector companies to apply direct for objective 1 European regional development fund support for large infrastructure projects.