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Public Spending

Volume 181: debated on Wednesday 28 November 1990

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To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will make a statement about the allocation to individual programmes in Northern Ireland of the public expenditure totals announced on 8 November.

£ million
Northern Ireland Office:
Law, Order Protective and Miscellaneous Services762810860
Northern Ireland Departments:
Northern Ireland Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry Services and Support116120120
Industry Trade and Employment466430420
Environmental and Miscellaneous Services167200210
Law, Order and Protective Services (Fire Service)354040
Health and Personal Social Services1,1601,2201,270
Social Security Administration128140130
Other Public Services708080
Total Northern Ireland Block
(excluding Social Security Benefits)4,3774,6504,820
Social Security Benefits1,9602,1202,270
Total Northern Ireland Block6,3376,7707,090
National Agriculture and Fishery Support859090
Total Northern Ireland Programme6,4226,8607,170

Notes to Table:

(1) Figures are rounded to nearest £1m for 1991–92 and to the nearest £10m for 1992–93 and 1993–94 (thus "£0m" means "less than £5m"). Figures may not sum to totals due to roundings.

(2) As announced in 8 November, the plans reflect the reclassification of the water and sewerage element of the Regional Rate as negative PE. Allowing for this technical change, the overall level of resources represented by the public expenditure plans overall, and the Environmental and Miscellaneous Services programme in particular, are effectively some £110m a year higher than the figures in the table.

(3) The figure for the Energy programme for 1991–92 is negative because it is anticipated NIE will be repaying loans to Government in that year. The PE plans for the Energy Programme for 1992–93 and 1993–94 have been adjusted to reflect Government's intention that NIE should be privatised early in 1992. This produces total plans for NI for those years which are some £120m higher than would otherwise be the case.

(4) Figures for social security administration also include district councils' share of rate rebates.

(5) The figures are now net of VAT refunds to the Government of Northern Ireland: this is a classification change which does not affect the spending power of departments nor the year on year comparisons.

(6) The planning figures for 1991–92 form the basis for preparation by Northern Ireland Departments and the Northern Ireland Office of Main Estimates for the coming year. These will be presented to Parliament in due course.