HC Deb 04 April 2001 vol 366 c229W
19. Mr. Rowlands

To ask the Secretary of State for Wales when he intends to meet the chief executive of the Wales European Funding Office to discuss the implementation of Objective 1 programmes. [155510]

Mr. Paul Murphy

I last met with John Clark, the Chief Executive of the Wales European Funding Office, on 29 January 2001. I was pleased to learn that WEFO are making good progress in implementing Objective 1 in Wales and that utilisation of the programme has been achieved faster in Wales than anywhere else in the UK. Importantly, this has been achieved in Wales through a partnership between private, public and voluntary sectors.

A total of 190 projects have been approved so far under the Objective 1 programme, with Structural Funds support of £146.1 million.

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