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Volume 451: debated on Wednesday 8 November 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much her Department has spent on the EU Interreg programme. (94642)

The European Union Interreg Community Initiative is funded by the European Regional Development Fund, not the Department for Communities and Local Government.

Member states involved in programmes funded from the Interreg Community Initiative are expected to contribute to the technical assistance budget for the programme, which is allocated to cover the administrative costs of the programme. The Department and its predecessors have contributed just over £5 million in total since 2003. The Department and its predecessors have also provided some match funding for projects in England and other activity designed to support the programmes. This has amounted to around £7 million in total in the three years 2003-04 to 2005-06.