Brexit: DRD Funding

Oral Answers to Questions — Regional Development – in the Northern Ireland Assembly at 3:15 pm on 22nd February 2016.

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Photo of Claire Hanna Claire Hanna Social Democratic and Labour Party 3:15 pm, 22nd February 2016

T5. Ms Hanna asked the Minister for Regional Development, now that the date for the EU referendum has been confirmed, to outline any planning or auditing that her Department has done to assess the funding that might be lost if we are withdrawn from the European Union in the summer. (AQT 3535/11-16)

Photo of Michelle McIlveen Michelle McIlveen DUP

I thank the Member for her question. As she will be aware, the date was agreed only at the weekend, and, given that it is only Monday, I am not yet at the stage of getting that information, but I plan to do so in the near future.

Photo of Claire Hanna Claire Hanna Social Democratic and Labour Party

Has her Department applied for money in INTERREG's latest open call, which is worth a potential £30 million to Northern Ireland for cross-border transport? Are there any specific cross-border transport projects that she feels might be at risk in the event of a Brexit?

Photo of Michelle McIlveen Michelle McIlveen DUP

My Department is undertaking a number of projects on sourcing EU funding, and I mentioned the greenways. One that has a cross-border dimension is the Londonderry transport hub. I will speak to officials and get the detail of the information that the Member has requested and send it to her.