European Funding

Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Finance and Personnel – in the Northern Ireland Assembly at 3:45 pm on 14th October 2002.

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Photo of Sean Farren Sean Farren Social Democratic and Labour Party 3:45 pm, 14th October 2002

I thank the Member for his comment, but I have dealt with many of his points. I have been monitoring the situation since early summer. I have been in touch with ministerial Colleagues. I have reported to the Special EU Programmes Body and the North/South Ministerial Council, and I will be in touch with the intermediary funding bodies this afternoon. We are attempting to ensure that spending profiles will be met on target. The first target is 31 December 2003, and everything possible is being done to ensure that it is met. I am confident that we will achieve it.