§ Mr. Home Robertson
To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will make a statement on the implementation of the EC RECHAR programme to support areas in Scotland affected by the closure of coal mines; and what funds are being made available by his Department in addition to previous spending plans to ensure that full advantage is taken of that programme in Scotland.
§ Mr. Allan Stewart
[holding answer 10 December 1990]: Proposals for RECHAR programmes in eastern and western Scotland were submitted by the Government to the European Commission on 27 July. Decisions are awaited. Assuming the Commission grants money to the Scottish programmes, the Government will ensure that the provisions of the Community regulations on additionality are fully met.