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Departmental Underspending

Volume 405: debated on Wednesday 14 May 2003

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To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what plans he has to reduce his Department's underspend in 2003–04 from that of 2002–03. [112779]

The Chancellor's Departments are currently estimating an underspend of £34 million in 2002–03. This is less than 1 per cent. of total provision. The spending plans for the Chancellor's Departments are set out in: "2002 Spending Review—New Public Spending Plans 2003–2006" (Ref: Cm 5570. Published July 2002).