HC Deb 12 May 1998 vol 312 cc82-3W
Mr. Wigley

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer on what date the Office for National Statistics first proposed that Cornwall should be considered as a NUTS 2 area in its own right for Eurostat purposes; and on what date his Department notified Eurostat that such a unit should be considered for structural fund purposes. [41106]

Mr. Geoffrey Robinson

The information requested falls within the responsibility of the Chief Executive of the Office for National Statistics. I have asked him to arrange for a reply to be given.

Letter from Tim Holt to Mr. Dafydd Wigley, dated 12 May 1998: As Director of the Office for National Statistics (ONS), I have been asked to reply to your parliamentary question on the proposal to consider Cornwall as a separate NUTS-2 area for European purposes. I wrote to Eurostat on 30 June 1997 with proposals for a new NUTS structure for the UK, which included the designation of Cornwall as a separate NUTS-2 area. Those proposals are still being discussed between Eurostat and the Government Statistical Service. The consideration of any areas for Structural Funds purposes is not a matter for the ONS or for Eurostat.