§ Ann Winterton
To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry whether departmental funding is used for EU matched funding. 
§ Jacqui Smith
Yes, where appropriate. For example, substantial amounts of funding are made available via the Small Business Service. In addition, the department is exploring the option for co-financing structural funds with some of the new DTI business support products. Discussions on this and other aspects of match funding are taking place with a number of Regional Development Agencies and the Government Offices.