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Northern Ireland written question – answered on 26 February 2009.

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Photo of Stephen Byers Stephen Byers Labour, North Tyneside

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how much in European regional aid structural funding was allocated to Northern Ireland for 2000 to 2006; how much of this funding had been spent by 31 December 2008; and whether a request was made to the European Commission to extend the spending deadline beyond this date.

Photo of Shaun Woodward Shaun Woodward The Secretary of State for Northern Ireland

The information is not available in the form requested. I am advised by the Department of Finance and Personnel in Northern Ireland, which has responsibility for these matters, that European regional aid structural funding of €1,434,485,611 (approx £1,141,541,061) was provided for the period 2000-08.

In the UK, managing authorities made the decision whether to extend their programmes. BERR officials consolidated those requests (which included a request from Northern Ireland) in a letter to the European Commission. This letter included the request to extend the Northern Ireland Objective 1 transitional programme and the Northern Ireland/Republic of Ireland INTERREG Strand A programme.

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