'Disproportionate' cut in EU structural funds

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Infrastructure Secretary Nicola Sturgeon told MSPs that Scotland faced a "disproportionate" cut in EU structural funds during topical question time on 19 February 2013.

Ms Sturgeon was replying to question from SNP MSP Christina McKelvie asked what implications the agreement on the EU financial framework for 2014-2020 had for the allocation of structural funds in Scotland.

She said that Scotland's allocation could be cut by 30% between 2014 and 2020 - five times the reduction for the UK as a whole.

The cut is thought to be worth around a quarter of a billion pounds.

Ms Sturgeon says she was "very concerned" and was seeking talks with the UK government and other devolved administrations to seek a revised settlement.

Wales and Northern Ireland are also expecting cuts.

The allocations follow the EU budget deal struck by member states.

Liberal Democrat Jim Hume then asked what support the government provided to NHS boards for the delivery of paediatric services.

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