HL Deb 02 February 2004 vol 656 cc68-9WA
Lord Laird

asked Her Majesty's Government:

Whether cross-border implementation bodies are consulted and their business plans taken into account when decisions are taken on budgets and the allocation of funding; if not, what is the purpose of such bodies. [HL746]

Baroness Amos

The budgetary process as set out in the financial memorandum for each North/South implementation body requires each body to prepare, in consultation with the sponsor and finance departments, a three-year corporate plan and an annual business plan, including financial projections. This material, and associated dialogue, is taken into account in all funding decisions for the bodies.