To ask the Secretary of State for Employment on what date he submitted the United Kingdom operational programme to fulfil objectives 3 and 4 of ESF to the European Commission for the 1990 programme.
The initial Great Britain operational programme applications for ESF support concerning objectives 3 and 4 were submitted to the European Commission on 31 August 1989. The Northern Ireland operational programme applications were submitted on 29 August 1989. The European Commission has subsequently adopted the community support framework for these objectives, which determines the amounts and priorities for ESF support and now requires us to revise the programmes in accordance with these.
To ask the Secretary of State for Employment what representations he has received from voluntary organisations about the delays in the processing of applications for the European Community social fund.
I have received written representations from five voluntary organisations about the delays in processing applications for the European social fund.