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Local Government: EU Grants and Loans

Volume 487: debated on Thursday 5 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what representations her Department received from (a) regional development agencies, (b) Government offices of the regions, (c) local authorities and (d) Objective 1 and 2 convergence partnerships on the extension to the deadline offered to all EU countries to spend unused 2000-2006 European regional development funds; and if she will make a statement. (254623)

The Government took into account views from the regions, including on the extent to which any additional resources resulting from programme extension could be used given the lack of flexibility in the EC's offer of extension and decided that there was insufficient benefit to justify changing existing spending plans.