§ 31. Mrs. Virginia Bottomley
To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if he will make a statement about reform of EU structural funds. 
§ Mr. Wills
The discussions between Member States and the Commission on the reform of the Structural and Cohesion Funds will continue until the March 1999 deadline set by the Cardiff Council last June.
The UK is negotiating for an outcome that is fair and affordable to all future and existing Member States, particularly the UK.