§ Mr. Gummer
The European social fund supports training and recruitment in the United Kingdom by making grants towards the running costs of schemes eligible under its rules. The proportion of the social fund budget devoted to schemes in the United Kingdom on each year since cur accession to the Community, when we first became eligible for such payments is as follows.
per cent. 1973 28.2 1974 22.0 1975 24.8 1976 19.6 1977 26.1 1978 19.7 1979 25.4 1980 23.3 1981 24.9 1982 29.0 1983 29.3
The United Kingdom has been a major beneficiary from the social fund in recent years and the fund continues to make a significant contribution to the level of training in this country.