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EU Funding

Volume 448: debated on Wednesday 28 June 2006

11. To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what progress has been made in increasing EU regional funding for Northern Ireland. (79746)

Recent improved economic performance means that for 2007-13 Northern Ireland will benefit from an allocation of the EU structural funds available to the UK under the EU's competitiveness and employment objective. Northern Ireland will also benefit from special PEACE funding and Territorial Co-operation funding.

The allocations of competitiveness and employment funding to UK regions are still under discussion following a recent UK-wide consultation process that ended on 22 May 2006. We will ensure that Northern Ireland gets a fair share of the resources available to the UK.