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Barnett Formula

Volume 403: debated on Tuesday 8 April 2003

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To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what changes have been made to the Barnett formula in the last five years. [107313]

Details of the Barnett formula used in the 1998 Comprehensive Spending Review were published by the Treasury in the Statement of Funding Policy in 1999. This was subsequently updated in July 2000 and July 2002. The main changes have been that the population figures have been updated to reflect latest ONS estimates and the comparability factors (which measure the extent to which UK Departments" spending programmes are comparable in the devolved Administrations), have been updated where necessary.

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much money was allocated to Scotland under the Barnett formula in each of the last three years. [107327]

The Barnett formula is used to determine the Scottish Executive"s Departmental Expenditure Limit, which is £20.4 billion in 2003–04, £19 billion in 2002–03 and £17.6 billion in 2001–02, as set out in Table B15 of the Pre-Budget Report, November 2002 (Cm 5664).