HL Deb 22 February 2000 vol 610 c24WA
Lord Mason of Barnsley

asked Her Majesty's Government:

When the objective one status moneys allocated for South Yorkshire are likely to be paid, especially for Barnsley, Rotherham, Doncaster and Sheffield; and what is their estimate of these payments. [HL993]

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department of the Environment, Transport and the Regions (Lord Whitty)

The single programme document for the South Yorkshire objective one programme was received by the European Commission on 15 November 1999. Under the regulations, the Commission has five months to agree the document. Negotiations are now taking place and the aim is to have provisional approval for the end of March. The programme could therefore begin in May, with projects receiving funding after that time. The value of the programme is £780 million in grants over the period 2000–06.