HC Deb 16 October 2002 vol 390 c894W
Helen Jackson

To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what proposals he has to ensure the efficient delivery of Objective One European programmes to support local economies. [71957]

Mr. McNulty

Structural Fund programmes are delivered through formal Managing Authorities working directly with local partnerships. In England the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister is the Managing Authority for all Objective 1 and Objective 2 programmes but devolves implementation to the Government Offices (GOs).

Officials provide policy guidance and advice in order to aid effective delivery of the financial and physical programme targets.

Programmes are frequently evaluated and best practice arrangements are in place and extend beyond Objective 1.