HC Deb 15 December 1998 vol 322 c429W
Mr. Wigley

To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions what is the forecast payment from the European Union with regard to the Merseyside Objective 1 area for(a) 1997–98 and (b) 1998–99; and if he will make a statement. [63153]

Mr. Meale

The payment from the European Union was, for 1997–98, £63.672 million and the forecast payment for 1998–99 was £53.457 million.

The Objective 1 Programme on Merseyside is now close to full commitment and while spend on ERDF, in particular, has been slower than expected this will increase substantially as the Programme draws to a close.