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EU Structural Funds: Least Developed Regions — [Siobhain McDonagh in the Chair]

Part of the debate – in Westminster Hall at 3:01 pm on 26th June 2019.

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Photo of Sarah Newton Sarah Newton Conservative, Truro and Falmouth 3:01 pm, 26th June 2019

I congratulate Paul Blomfield on securing this debate, which builds on the excellent debate about the shared prosperity fund led by Dan Jarvis.

All of us here would like to be evidence-based policy makers. There is inconclusive data about how successful the European funding programmes have been; the London School of Economics study and the excellent House of Commons studies all show that. It is important that we learn the lessons about how that money has been invested. From my own constituency, and Cornwall more widely, I can see that this money has been absolutely essential, but we need to draw the right conclusions from previous programmes so that the Government’s commitment to regional growth funding is done right and builds on the success we have seen.