HC Deb 24 March 1993 vol 221 c612W
Mr. Robert Ainsworth

To ask the President of the Board of Trade what are the consequences for an area which loses assisted area status with regard to objective 2 status and therefore access to European regional development fund and European social fund funding from the European Community.

Mr. Sainsbury

There are no necessary consequences. Eligibility for objective 2 of the structural funds does not depend on national assisted area status.

The eligibility of areas for objective 2 will be reviewed after revised structural funds regulations have been adopted by the Council of Ministers, probably this summer.

Most European social fund assistance is available without geographical restriction.