§ Mrs. Ellman
To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions if he will make a statement on progress in negotiations between his Department and the European Commission on the Objective 1 Special Programme Document for Merseyside. 
§ Ms Armstrong
We are making good progress in our negotiations with the European Commission on the Objective 1 Single Programme Document for Merseyside. The European Commission is keen to ensure that confirmation of the acceptability of the Single Programme Document is provided by 31 March.