HC Deb 07 July 1998 vol 315 c431W
Mr. Wigley

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what steps he takes to ensure that payments made from European structural funds towards projects in Wales and Scotland are additional to the expenditure blocks defined by the Barnett formula; and if he will make a statement. [48818]

Mrs. Liddell

Article 9 of Structural Funds Regulation No 2082/93 stipulates that Structural Funds allocations may not replace structural or comparable expenditure undertaken by the Member State. This additionality requirement applies to each of the Structural Fund Objectives in the whole of the territory eligible under that Objective. So, for example, the UK must demonstrate each year that it has complied with the additionality requirement for Objective 2, taking the expenditure in all eligible regions of Scotland, Wales and England into account.