To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland when he expects European Union PESCA funds to be distributed to fishing communities; how much money he anticipates being paid for(a) the fishing industry and (b) the retraining of fishermen; if he will make it his policy to invite representatives of the fishing communities to take part in the decision and the distribution of such monies, and if he will make a statement. 
§ Sir Hector Monro
[holding answer 15 May 1995]The United Kingdom PESCA programme is still subject to final agreement with the European Commission. It is not yet possible to say when funds will be available. The sum of some 16.5 mecu—£13.8 million at present exchange rates—has been proposed for projects in Scotland over the next five years of which £7.4 million will be available for European regional development fund spending, £2.6 million for European social fund spending, and £3.8 million under the financial instrument of fisheries guidance. The precise allocation will depend on the projects approved for EC support. Decisions on which projects should be supported will be based on discussion in local action groups which may involve representatives of the fishing industry.