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Mr. Eggar: My right hon. Friends and I have agreed with the European Commission target figures for private sector contributions to the regional single programmes co-financed by the ERDF and ESF. The Merseyside programme, for example, envisages private contributions totalling 368 mecu alongside ERDF and ESF grant of 813 mecu: 816 mecu domestic public finance is also required for this programme.
Mr. Alton: To ask the President of the Board of Trade what models the Government have developed of how the private sector should be encouraged to access the European regional development fund; what models have been submitted to the EC; what discussions have taken place or are planned on this issue between Her Majesty's Government and the Commission; and what plans Her
Column 31Majesty's Government have to introduce agreed changes in time for approval of 1995 submissions.
Mr. Eggar: The Government wish to maximise the private sector contribution to projects to which the ERDF makes grants and has put to the Commission proposals for facilitating this while ensuring that projects are of general economic benefit to the areas concerned and that ERDF grants do not lead to excessive profit. The Commission's comments are awaited. Any changes to current practice will be introduced as soon as they are agreed. The timetables for considering applications vary from region to region.
Mrs. Jane Kennedy: To ask the President of the Board of Trade (1) what consultations he has had or intends to have with the European Commission concerning procedures through which the private sector could access the European regional development fund;
(2) if he will allow private sector companies to match finance for projects obtained from the European regional development fund and the European social fund.
Mrs. Jane Kennedy: To ask the President of the Board of Trade what assessment he has made of the application of European Commission rules concerning the private sector's ability to wholly match finance projects eligible for European regional development fund support in objective 1 regions of other European Union member states.
Mr. Eggar: Some individual projects, in other member states as in Merseyside, may be financed exclusively by the private sector and the ERDF. However, the European Commission has in each case agreed with the Governments concerned that the aggregate of projects will be co-financed by specified amounts of national, including regional and local, as applicable in each case, public sector money, and as any private sector finance.
Following are the aggregate figures in mecu for those single programming documents which show ERDF projects separately from those co-financed by other European structural funds:
|National |ERDF |Private |public ------------------------------------------------------------ Flevoland (Netherlands) |80 |181 |423 French Guiana |92 |0 |78 Guadeloupe (France) |160 |37 |223 Hainaut (France) |307 |210 |374 Martinique (France) |166 |43 |123 Reunion (France) |320 |118 |229 Merseyside |475 |289 |480
Column 32of Fair Trading on the possible reference of the Trafalgar House bid for Northern Electric.
representatives of the Director General of Electricity Supply were present; and whether Northern Electric, the takeover panel and the Office of Fair Trading were informed of this meeting.
Mr. Jonathan Evans: Officials from my Department and representatives of the Director General of Electricity Supply met representatives of Trafalgar House on the afternoon of 13 February to discuss such assurances. The Office of Fair Trading was aware of the discussions. Neither the takeover panel nor Northern Electric was informed by my Department about the meeting.
Mr. Cousins: To ask the President of the Board of Trade what is his statutory authority (a) for asking Trafalgar House to ensure that sufficient financial and management resources and other facilities were available to carry out the obligations of Northern Electric and (b) to secure compliance with such an assurance.
Mr. Jonathan Evans: The assurances obtained from Trafalgar House are not based in statute. If Trafalgar's bid for Northern Electric succeeds, the Director General of Electricity Supply--DGES--will monitor Northern Electric's behaviour, under Trafalgar's ownership, in the course of his normal regulatory duties. In doing so, the DGES will have available his usual regulatory powers, including the power to make an MMC reference under the Electricity Act 1989 and the monopoly provisions of the Fair Trading Act 1973, if appropriate.
Mr. Flynn: To ask the President of the Board of Trade what financial guarantee the Government have provided and what costs have been underwritten in relation to Nuclear Electric's bid to gain a contract for reactor construction in Taiwan.
Mr. Eggar: The Government, in their role as shareholder, have required Nuclear Electric to absorb any working capital or other financial requirements arising as a result of the bid within the company's existing external financing limit.
Mr. Barnes: To ask the President of the Board of Trade if he will list the members of the delegation led by the Minister for Trade to Malta in January; who the delegation met with; and what were the results.
Mr. Needham: I was accompanied to Malta by a strong business delegation representing a broad spectrum of British industry and services, details of which are given. The visit was a success. We met four Ministers and held a seminar at the chamber of commerce. Many new business contracts were established and we have set up a United Kingdom/Malta roundtable to provide a forum for regular discussion. The Maltese Minister of Finance, whom I met in Malta, will meet my right hon. and learned Friend the Chancellor of the Exchequer in London this week.
Column 33Mr. S. Naill Armstrong
Andrews Holdings Ltd
Mr. Alex Josephides
Avro International Aerospace
Mr. Keith Davis
Bovis International Ltd
Mr. Nick Cooke
Head of Corporate Affairs
Mr. Geoff Ball
Mr. Jeremy Hand
Hambro European Venture Ltd
Mr. W. B. A. Tanner
Motherwell Bridge Projects Ltd
Mr. Douglas J. Ridley, Managing Director and Mr. Chris Evans, Director Responsible for Malta
Mowlem International Construction
Mr. Maurice A. Hutson
Parker Plant Ltd
Mr. Ian Butler
Mr. M. Walker
Director, Africa Department
Taylor Woodrow International Ltd
Mr. Geoff Hollyhead
Trinity Holdings PLC
Mr. R. G. Hepburn
Sales and Marketing Director
John Brown Engineering Ltd
Mr. Walter Herd
International Sales Manager
Leyland Trucks Ltd
Mr. Roy Lester
International Sales Director
Marconi Instruments Ltd
Mr. John Hill
UBAF Bank Ltd
Sir Anthony Kershaw, Chairman and Mr. John R. Richardson, MD Tilhurst Limited
Column 34Mr. Alistair Flemming
Export Promoter for Malta
Mr. Page: I refer the hon. Member to the answer by my right hon. Friend the Member for Eddisbury (Mr. Goodlad), the then Under-Secretary of State for Energy, to a question from the then hon. Member for Sherwood on 30 April 1987, Official Report , columns 203 4 .
Mr. Page: BNFL has signed reprocessing contracts which contain return-of-waste options with organisations in Japan, Germany, Switzerland, Italy and Holland. All have indicated that they would be prepared to consider substitution, if BNFL were to offer it.
Mr. Flynn: To ask the President of the Board of Trade when he intends to return to high-level wastes resulting from reprocessing at THORP to their customer countries, including wastes arising from spent fuel used at Japanese magnox plants.
Mr. Page: I refer the hon. Member to the reply given by my hon. Friend the then Under-Secretary of State for Industry and Energy to the hon. Member for Stoke-on-Trent, North (Ms Walley) on 1 February 1995, Official Report , column 696 .
Mrs. Clwyd: To ask the President of the Board of Trade what considerations he has given to enacting an export moratorium on the component parts of anti-personnel mines; and if he will make a statement.
Column 35for an export licence for specially designed components for land mines would be subject to export controls, and would be considered on a case-by-case basis in the light of the indefinite moratorium which the United Kingdom has declared on the export from the UK of anti-personnel land mines which do not have self-destruct or self- neutralising mechanisms, and other established criteria.
The Government encourage voluntary employee involvement and monitors significant developments in
Column 36this field but have not made any specific study of voluntary works councils in the United Kingdom.
Mr. Mallon: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many occupational therapy referrals were received in the Newry and Mourne unit of management in which a case report has not yet been issued in each month since January 1994.
Mr. Moss: The information is not available in the form requested. Quarterly data on assessment by occupational therapists for aids and adaptations to the homes of people with a disability in the Newry and Mourne HSS trust are shown below.