§ Sir Sydney Chapman
To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what action he is taking in response to the recent representations from the Association of Consulting Engineers on the payment of invoices from United Kingdom companies under the EU Tacis Programme. 
§ Mr. Wills
We share the concerns over the late payment of invoices from United Kingdom companies under the EU Tacis programme. I refer the hon. Member to the reply given by my hon. Friend the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for International Development on 10 February 1999,Official Report, columns 280–81.