European Union: Budget

Part of the debate – in the House of Lords at 2:55 pm on 14th June 2005.

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Photo of Lord McKenzie of Luton Lord McKenzie of Luton Government Whip 2:55 pm, 14th June 2005

My Lords, the Government would want the structural funds to be concentrated on only new member states, as well as Greece and Portugal, which fall below 90 per cent of the EU average. Domestically, the Government have given a guarantee that should our position prevail on this, a guarantee will ensure increased domestic regional spending in the UK based on the funding that UK regions might have expected under a status quo scenario after enlargement.