§ 22. Mr. Andrew George
To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions what assessment he has made of his Department's contribution to the future programmes of European Union objective 1 regions. 
§ Ms Armstrong
My Department will continue to provide significant financial support to the new objective 1 regions through a wide variety of routes. These include the funds made available to the Regional Development Agencies; regeneration programmes such as the New Deal for Communities, as well as the resources provided to local authorities.