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EU Business Support

Volume 451: debated on Wednesday 8 November 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much EU funding was spent on small and medium-sized enterprises in the last period for which figures are available for (a) the South East England Development Agency and (b) all regional development agencies. (99664)

My Department is responsible for the implementation of the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) in England, one of the European Structural Funds targeted at EU regions whose economic development is lagging behind.

For the current round of ERDF programmes from 2000-06, £497,630,629 ERDF grant has been awarded to English RDAs from the mainstream programmes, of which £1,562,471 has been awarded to the South East England Development Agency (SEEDA).

Of the other two main Structural Funds, the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) is responsible for the European Social Fund (ESF) and the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) is responsible for the Agricultural Guidance and Guarantee Fund (EAGGF).

I can report on behalf of the DWP, that £48,974,962 ESF has been granted to RDAs, which covers the three RDAs which are the co-financing organisations for ESF, including SEEDA. Of this, £13,691,402 has been awarded to SEEDA.

I can also report on behalf of DEFRA, that no EAGGF funds have been allocated to RDAs in any of the three regions which receive that fund.