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Parliamentary Debates and Questions

S5W-12007: Jackie Baillie (Dumbarton)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 13 October 2017

To ask the Scottish Government, in light of the finding in the report by the Auditor General, The 2016/17 audit of the Scottish Government Consolidated Accounts, that a £31 million liability has arisen as result of  the 2007-13 European Structural Funds programme, whether it will provide a breakdown of which project sponsors were overpaid, and by how much, and what plans it has to recoup this money.

Answered by: Keith Brown 10 November 2017

EC are currently undertaking their own checks on the £31 million and an invoice is anticipated after March 2018 following which a payment decision and timing can be made. Not all of the 72 project sponsors from whom a recovery is being sought were overpaid: some have been penalised due to errors particularly in procurement where an EC prescribed level of penalty has been imposed. Invoices totalling £12.3 million covering overpayments and penalties have been issued and are being pursued in line with Scottish Government policies.