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European Regional Development Fund

Volume 506: debated on Monday 22 February 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much employment-related funding she expects each region to receive from the European Regional Development Programmes on a per capita basis in the period 2007 to 2013; and what information her Department holds on the distribution of such funds on a per capita basis to other EU member States in that period for benchmarking purposes. (315671)

I have been asked to reply.

As a general rule, employment-related measures are supported through the European Social Fund (ESF), although a small amount of the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) programmes may also be spent on employment-related measures. However, figures for ERDF employment-related measures for the regions and counties of the UK and the other member states are not readily available and could be produced only at disproportionate cost.

ERDF expenditure is focused on research, innovation, business development, environmental protection and infrastructure investment.