Minister gives evidence to Lords inquiry on European Social Fund

02 February 2010

Jim Knight MP, Minister of State for Employment and Welfare Reform gives evidence to the House of Lords EU Sub-Committee on Social Policy and Consumer Affairs at 2.10 pm as part of their inquiry into the European Social Fund (ESF)

The Committee will question Mr Knight on the Government’s position on the effectiveness of the ESF, how ESF funding can best address skills shortages amongst the European population and whether the operation of the ESF should be amended to respond to changed circumstances following the economic downturn.

Mr Knight will also be quizzed on the Government’s position that Social Fund payments to richer Member States (including the UK) should be phased out and, if that were the case, how the UK Government would ensure projects in the UK currently funded by the ESF would be maintained.

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