Written Answers. - Regional Development Fund.

153.

asked the Minister for Finance if he will indicate in respect of the European Regional Development Fund receipts for the years (a) 1986 (b) 1987 and (c) 1988 the amount of money received by Ireland; if, in respect of that money he will give for each county council and borough corporation the following information: (i) the number of projects which received ERDF assistance (ii) the location and nature of those projects (iii) the amount of money received from the ERDF in respect of those projects and (iv) the percentage which that money represented of the total cost of the project in question; and if he will make a statement on the matter.

155.

asked the Minister for Finance if he will give for the years 1986, 1987 and 1988 the following information in respect of the European Regional Development Fund: (a) the number of projects which have received assistance (b) the name and location of those projects (c) the amount of money received from the fund and (d) the percentage which that money represented in the overall cost of the project; and if he will make a statement on the matter.

I propose to take Questions Nos. 153 and 155 together. Details of receipts from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) for the years 1986, 1987 and 1988 are as follows: 1986, £77.1 million; 1987, £87.4 million; 1988, £129.9 million.

Records are not maintained in a format which would allow the ERDF receipts to be broken down by county council and borough corporation for (i) the number of projects which received ERDF assistance; (ii) the location and nature of these projects; and (iii) the amount of money received from the ERDF in respect of these projects.

However, the following table shows (i) the value of ERDF commitments to Ireland and (ii) the number of projects on a county by county basis for the period 1986 to 1988 inclusive. In this regard it should be noted that ERDF aid is granted in the form of a commitment which is translated into a cash receipt according as the project progresses. The table does not take account of non-quota measures such as the Special Border Areas' Programme (Phases I and II). The National Programme of Community Interest — Roads Development in Ireland 1986-1990, The STAR and VALOREN Programmes and certain Telecommunication projects are also not included as they are Multi-Regional and cannot be broken down on a county by county basis.

County

ERDF Commitments(1986-88)

Value(£m)

No. of Projects

Carlow

7.56

8

Cavan

0.97

8

Clare

5.05

9

Cork

33.62

54

Donegal

11.68

18

Dublin

49.19

56

Galway

8.04

20

Kerry

11.13

24

Kildare

3.52

9

Kilkenny

1.94

7

Laois

0.95

6

Leitrim

1.29

5

Limerick

17.28

26

Longford

0.36

2

Louth

6.06

13

Mayo

7.15

12

Meath

1.26

8

Monaghan

0.90

6

Offaly

2.51

10

Roscommon

1.69

4

Sligo

2.53

9

Tipperary

4.60

16

Waterford

6.65

11

Westmeath

4.28

9

Wexford

3.74

8

Wicklow

16.18

16

The provision of information concerning the names and locations of projects, the amount of money received from the fund and the percentage which that money represented in the overall cost of projects would involve an inordinate amount of staff time in research and could not be justified. However, the following table represents a sectoral analysis of ERDF commitments for 1986, 1987 and 1988:

ERDF Commitments (1986-88) by Sector

1986

1987

1988

£m

£m

£m

Industry

18.2

20.8

20.3

Telecommunications

33.2

12.9

Roads

47.8

50.0

45.6

Sanitary Services

22.6

13.2

13.3

Education/Training Centres

5.7

1.1

Tourism Infrastructure

0.7

5.8

Airports Development

1.3

1.3

Harbours

0.6

2.4

3.5

Energy

3.8

11.9

Total

95.6

125.8

114.6

For the years in question the normal rate of ERDF assistance, which applied to developments being implemented, was 50 per cent of the eligible cost, although in the case of developments of particular importance to the area in which they were located a 55 per cent rate of ERDF assistance applied.