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EC Grants and Loans

Volume 493: debated on Monday 1 June 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what above-Barnett formula additions to the Block Grant for Wales for the EU share of funding for Objective 1 and convergence programmes respectively there were in each year since 1999-2000. (276974)

EU funding is allocated in spending rounds, the most recent three running from 1994 to 2000, from 2001 to 2006 and from 2007 to 2013.

For the 1999-2000 and 2000-01 financial years, EU funding was provided within the Barnett formula as these years fell within the previous spending round.

For the 2001-06 round, where the UK bid for and secured a substantially bigger allocation from Europe, Wales benefited from allocations under a number of European Structural Funds, including Objective 1 which itself covered around 65 per cent. of the population of Wales, in the Valleys, West Wales, and large parts of North Wales.

There was already a baseline in existing Welsh provision, but on top of this, as recorded in the Wales Office Annual Reports submitted to the House, as well as the Main Estimates, the following total amounts of budget cover were made available to the Welsh Assembly, above the overall Block Grant, as receipts from the EU:

£ million

2001-02

173

2002-03

170

2003-04

186

2004-05

236

2005-06

234

2006-07

336

For the current round, beginning in 2007, the budgeting rules changed so that Department's may use EU receipts to offset expenditure.