§ Mr. Andrew George
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the requirements for match public funds from his Department for the EU Objective 1 regions of(a) Cornwall and Scilly, (b) Merseyside and (c) South Yorkshire for each of the seven years of the programme. 
§ Mr. Timms
Responsibility for identifying match funding is a matter for project applicants and for the partnerships in the regions concerned. This ensures local ownership and commitment to the projects.
There are numerous possible sources for match funding including local authorities, Government schemes, the voluntary sector and the private sector.
The regional Government Offices are best placed to advise the partnerships on the sources of Government Departments' funding which can be used to match Structural Funds. The Government are updating and improving guidance on match funding.