§ Mr. Arnold
asked the Prime Minister what steps she takes to monitor the extent to which each Government Department takes up the European Community grants available to it; and what percentage of such grants were taken up in the last year.
§ The Prime Minister
The Government keep the level of United Kingdom receipts from the Community budget under close scrutiny. In 1985 the United Kingdom received a total of £1,853 million from Community funds. The table below shows the percentage share of United Kingdom receipts from the main funds:
per cent. Agricultural Guarantee 9.4 Agricultural Guidance 3.2 European Social Fund (ESF) 30.8 European Development Fund (ERDF) 28.9
There is no fixed entitlement for United Kingdom receipts from Community funds with the exception of the ERDF which in 1985 had commitment quota ranges of 21.42–28.56 per cent. Twenty-six per cent. was allocated to the United Kingdom from the ERDF in 1985.