§ Baroness Byford
asked Her Majesty's Government:
Further to the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Press Release 4/02 of 7 January 2002 on the LEADER+ European Community Initiative, whether matched funding from government, which lasts beyond one year, is treated in government accounts as an irrevocable forward spending provision. [HL2906]
§ Lord Whitty:
The England LEADER + Programme has a budget set out in the programme document which has been endorsed by Ministers and approved by the European Commission for the lifetime of the programme.
There is therefore a commitment for Defra to match-fund this programme at endorsed levels.
Departmental decisions on resource allocation are currently made annually and we expect LEADER + to receive the required funding via the normal mechanism.
Although there is therefore a ministerial commitment to fund the LEADER + Programme, this does not technically constitute an "irrevocable forward spending provision."