§ Lord Laird
asked Her Majesty's Government:
Further to the Written Answer by the Lord President on 1 July (WA 79) concerning the budget of the North/South Ministerial Council for 2003–04, how much has been spent to date; whether they expect the budget to be underspent or overspent at the end of the financial year; and what is the period of the financial year in question. [HL4769]
§ Baroness Amos
The financial year runs from 1 April 2003 to 31 March 2004. Up to 30 September 2003 the North/South Ministerial Council Joint Secretariat (North) has spent £286,000 of the allocated budget of £672,000. It is anticipated that the budget will not be fully spent and an easement of £30,000 was declared in the September monitoring round, resulting in a revised allocation of £642,000.