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EC FUNDS FOR LONDON: NOT ENOUGH SAYS JOHN GUMMER

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John Gummer, Secretary of State for the Environment today noted the European Commission's proposal to make London e...
John Gummer, Secretary of State for the Environment today noted the European Commission's proposal to make London eligible for European Structural Funds. But he said the Commission's response to the case put forward by the Government for London had been wholly inadequate.

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.

'Many people in Britain will find Bruce Millan's proposals a most disappointing response to the effort that they and the Government have put in. I hope that before a final decision is made the proposals will be reconsidered so that the full weight due can be given to the British Government's own priorities and to London in particular.'
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