§ Dr. Whitehead
To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what assessment he has made of the impact of EU Objective 1 and Objective 2 programmes on UK economic development. 
1999 Country/Regional Strategy Papers Indicative Timing Africa Egypt December 1999 Swaziland Submission to the Secretary of State for discussion in November 1999 Botswana Namibia Lesotho In abeyance pending political developments Asia Combodia November 1999 Pakistan On hold Jordan December 1999 West Bank—Gaza December 1999
§ Mr. Russell Brown
To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what assessment he has made of the impact of(a) EU Objective 1 and (b) EU Objective 2 programmes on UK economic development; and if he will make a statement. 
§ Mr. Caborn
In accordance with the requirements of the regulations governing the Structural Funds, all UK Objective 1 and Objective 2 programmes have been independently evaluated both at mid-term and at the end of the programmes to assess their impact on economic development. These evaluations are available from the programme secretariats.
Overall the Structural Funds make a valuable contribution to economic development in the United Kingdom.