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Volume 696: debated on Wednesday 5 December 2007

asked Her Majesty's Government:

What advice is being made available to assist potential claimants accessing the European Union solidarity fund as a consequence of flood damage earlier this year. [HL441]

The UK made application to the fund on 20 August, 2007. On 31 October Commissioner Danuta Hübner announced that she would recommend an award of approximately £110 million. The Commissioner's recommendation is subject to approval by the College of Commissioners. A budget amendment proposal has then to be agreed by the Council of Ministers and EU Parliament. It is unlikely that any funds would be available before the end of March 2008.

Consideration is currently being given to how any funds received could be used to greatest benefit and the mechanics for their allocation.