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C 402/90 Official Journal of the European Communities EN 22.12.

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In view of this schedule, and the fact that normal postal services could not guarantee delivery within the deadline,
express mail was the only way of ensuring the MEPs concerned would receive the report in good time.

Also, the report was only sent to the members of the relevant Parliamentary Committee, and not to all MEPs as the
Honourable Member suggests.

(98/C 402/115) WRITTEN QUESTION E-1188/98


by Richard Corbett (PSE) to the Commission
(29 April 1998)

Subject: North-West Regional Rail Study

Has the Commission received a copy of this study? Is it aware that this study was drawn up without consultation
of the relevant local authorities? Is it aware that many of the latter consider that they study is flawed in its
technical assessments as well as in its cost and price assessments? Does the Commission accept that it would be a
mistake to base any policy decisions on this study?

Answer given by Mr Kinnock on behaf of the Commission


(10 June 1998)

The Commission can confirm that it has received a copy of the study report from the North West Partnership.

The Commission has not yet been informed of the views of local authorities although it has noted that the steering
committee for the study was made up of representatives of many local authorities and regional bodies.

Although the study mainly concerns matters of national and local competence, the Commission will give
consideration to it in order to take account of any implications it might have at Community level. In addition, if
the Honourable Member or the local authorities to which he refers wish to submit comments to the Commission,
these will also be considered with interest.

(98/C 402/116) WRITTEN QUESTION E-1195/98


by Bárbara Dührkop Dührkop (PSE) to the Commission
(24 April 1998)

Subject: Intercultural education as part of the Socrates Programme

In its reply to Question E-4142/97 by Mr Sanz Fernández (1) the Commission provides details of the number of
projects and the amount of money allocated in 1995, 1996 and 1997 to the education of gypsy children.
The figures reveal that, although the total amount of funding has remained virtually the same, the number of
projects funded fell from 44 in 1995 to 27 in 1996 and to 13 in 1997.

What accounts for the fact that the number of projects funded has been reduced in this way?

Could the Commission explain what it means when it says that it drew the attention of the national agencies to the
number of projects submitted?

To what exactly was the Commission’s or the national agencies’ attention drawn?

(1 ) OJ C 196, 22.6.1998, p. 85.