§ Mr. Morgan
To ask the President of the Board of Trade what consultation he has had with the member of the European Commission responsible for regional development concerning the award of powers to member states to swap areas currently eligible for objective 2 status for new areas currently ineligible; and if he will make a statement. 
§ Mr. Eggar
My right hon. Friends and I, and the UK permanent representative to the European Communities, have repeatedly and consistently expressed to Commissioner Wulf-Maties our view that the present list of areas eligible for grants under objective 2 of the EC structural funds should remain unchanged. We have not suggested any swapping of areas.