HC Deb 09 July 2002 vol 388 c877W
Mr. Watts

To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what plans he has to pay grant to local authorities under round 4 of the Invest to Save Budget and under the local government on-line programme. [68860]

Mr. Leslie

I have today laid before the House a report which sets out my Department's intention to pay some £21.7 million of grant to local authorities to support 23 innovative projects under round 4 of HM Treasury's Invest to Save Budget (ISB).

As is often the case with pioneering work, there have been some delays for a minority of projects funded under previous ISB rounds in achieving their key milestones. The report therefore contains powers to roll forward unclaimed grant to these projects to enable them to complete their work.

The report also contains powers to pay grant under the £350 million local government on-line programme of up to £47 million to help develop and support 64 e-government partnerships and up to a further £1.75 million to support further dissemination of best practice from the 25 e-government pathfinders.