HC Deb 02 June 1997 vol 295 cc22-3W
Mr. Key

To ask the President of the Board of Trade for what reasons European Commission non-objective area Konver expenditure on the Navy, Army and Air Force Institution re-employment programme at Amesbury has been stopped; and if he will make a statement. [1093]

Mrs. Roche

It is a requirement of the Konver II Programme that expenditure in non Objective 1, 2 and 5(b) areas, for the UK as a whole, cannot exceed 50 per cent. of the total Konver II programme allocation. To ensure that this limit would not be breached, the Konver II Programme Monitoring Committee agreed at their last meeting, that commitments to projects in these areas needed to be put on hold whilst ceilings on expenditure were being considered. Following discussions with the Government Offices and relevant Government Departments, the applicants in the South West have been advised that commitments in these areas can now be resumed. Subject to final approvals, a commitment of funds to this project is expected shortly.

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