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Public Expenditure

Volume 940: debated on Wednesday 30 November 1977

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asked the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if allocated money which remains unspent by any of the departments of the Northern Ireland Office is lost to the Province; whether it can be transferred to a department which has overspent; or whether it can be pooled for use in subsequent years.

The resources allocated to Northern Ireland departments may, where appropriate, be reallocated between programmes during the course of the financal year. Unspent allocations may not, however, be rephased to a future year.

asked the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what amount and percentage of allocated money was not spent by each of the departments of the Northern Ireland Office at the end of the financial year 1976–77; and if the

Shortfall/Longfall in £ million at 1977 Survey Prices
1974–751975–76
Main ProgrammeAmountPercentage of forecastAmountPercentage of forecast
Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry+15–7+55-2·0-4
Trade, Industry and Employment-44·2-18+1·9+1
Fuel-34·3-40-5·0-5
Roads-7·7-11+0·2
Transport-2·3-12-4·2-25
Housing+10·3+9-17·2-12
Other Environmental Services-13·4-16+8·4+11
Law, Order and Protective Services+0·1+2-1·0-18
Education and Libraries, Science and Arts+3·8+2-14·7-5
Health and Personal Social Services-5·8-3-1·9-1
Social Security+20·4+6+4·1+1
Other Public Services-16·6-62-4·6-32
Common Services+1·9+16-2·2-15
Total-72·1-55-38·2-2

Information for 1976–77 will be included in the public expenditure White Paper, which will be published in due course.