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Regeneration

Volume 492: debated on Friday 8 May 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the Written Ministerial Statement of 30 March 2009, Official Report, column 37WS, on regeneration, if she will place in the Library a copy of each item of correspondence between her Department and the European Commission on the financial corrections for the 1997 to 1999 programme period. (272336)

The information requested is not centrally held and could be provided only at disproportionate cost.

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the written ministerial statement of 30 March 2009, Official Report, column 37WS, on regeneration, what financial irregularities resulted in the financial corrections confirmed by the European Commission. (272337)

The irregularities that gave rise to the financial corrections confirmed by the European Commission included some failures to properly apply the relevant procurement directives; insufficient supporting documentation to justify the inclusion of certain project expenditure and examples of insufficient documentation to support the amounts or method of apportionment used in calculating overheads. There was no suggestion of fraud or impropriety.