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Government Office for the Regions: EU Grants and Loans

Volume 487: debated on Thursday 5 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) funding for 2000-2006 was unspent (a) in each Government Office region and (b) in each EDRF programme; and if she will make a statement. (254620)

The 2000 to 2006 ERDF programmes have so far recorded spend of over €5 billion. There are over 2,900 ERDF grant claims being processed in our systems and more are expected as projects make their final claims for grant. Until these claims are all paid we will not have a final spend position but expect it to show successful take up of the available funds—at least equal to previous rounds of ERDF.