HC Deb 04 November 2002 vol 392 c24W
Mr. Damian Green

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what money is planned to pass between the Department and(a) the European Social Fund and (b) the European Regional Development Fund in (i) 2002–03 and (ii) 2003–04. [79072]

Margaret Hodge

Overall £502 million of ESF is available in England in 2002–03 and £512 million in 2003–04. The figures for ERDF are £421 million in 2002–03 and £532 million in 2003–04. A significant proportion of ESF and a small proportion of ERDF support the Department for Education and Skills' policy objectives in the English regions. In addition, the Department plans to use £11 million of ESF in 2002–03 and £30 million in 2003–04 to support the development of its national policies and programmes.

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