The Government put forward parts of London and the East Thames Corridor as part of the UK's proposals for 'Objective 2' of the European Structural Funds. These proposals covered the capital's most important areas for urban and industrial regeneration, including the East Thames Corridor and Park Royal, as well as the Lea Valley industrial area.
The Commission's proposals include only parts of the areas put forward in the Boroughs of Newham, Hackney, Tower Hamlets, Haringey, Waltham Forest and Enfield, with a total population of 549,000.
Mr Gummer commented: 'Bruce Millan's proposals are an inadequate response to the very strong case we put forward. He has failed to recognise the priority we attach to tackling London's structural problems and the care with which our proposed area was chosen to represent both the most serious unemployment and the sites and derelict land which offer the best opportunities for solutions.