HC Deb 12 March 1996 vol 273 cc572-3W
Mr. Michael Brown

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will make a statement regarding his Department's objections to European regional development fund funding for the Humber sea terminal project being proposed at Immingham. [20398]

Mr. Norris

A decision on whether my Department could support the provision of ERDF grant for this project will be made shortly. The decision will be based on the view the Department takes about whether such grant would cause substantial distortion of competition with other ports in Great Britain. The Government's successful ports policy over the past 15 years has been based on the avoidance of such distortion, and creating conditions in which ports can compete on an equal footing.

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