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 Roy Beggs Roy Beggs UUP 3:45 pm, 14th October 2002

Will the Minister acknowledge that the application process could contribute to underspending of European funding, because it is bureaucratic and off-putting to small and medium-sized projects? Will he urge his Department to review the appropriateness, or otherwise, of the application process, so that projects can be accurately assessed according to their value?