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EU Grants and Loans

Volume 494: debated on Wednesday 17 June 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Wales for what reasons the amount of EU funding is shown as deducted from the grant to the National Assembly for Wales in the Wales Office Annual Reports up to and including the 2007 report. (280206)

Spending permission for the National Assembly for Wales to draw down its allocation from the EU Structural Funds in the 2000-06 round was included in its Departmental Expenditure Limit (DEL) on top of its Barnett determined budget.

It is shown as a deduction in the table in order to reconcile the DEL with the amount of grant drawn down from HMT, described as Total Assembly Grant in the Annual Report.

To ask the Secretary of State for Wales pursuant to the answer of 1 June 2009, Official Report, columns 70-1W, on EU grants and loans, how much of the above-Barnett formula additions were actually received by the Welsh Assembly in each year. (280277)

The UK Government granted spending permission to the National Assembly for Wales on top of its Barnett determined budget to allow it to draw down its full allocation of EU Structural Funds in the 2000-06 round.

The actual detail and timing of those draw downs were a matter for the National Assembly itself.

To ask the Secretary of State for Wales how much (a) has been paid by and (b) is planned to be paid in above-Barnett Formula additions to the block grant for Wales from the EU share funding for Objective One and Convergence Programmes for 2007-13. (280214)

Funding rules have been changed to permit the Welsh Assembly Government to draw down its full allocation of EU Convergence funding in the 2007-13 round without need for a detrimental impact on its Barnett determined budget.

To ask the Secretary of State for Wales whether the National Assembly for Wales and Welsh Assembly Government's receipts from the EU in respect of Objective One and Convergence Programme funding in Wales are in addition to the overall block grant that they would otherwise have received (280216)