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Departmental Underspending

Volume 405: debated on Wednesday 21 May 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what plans she has to reduce her Department's underspend in 2003–04 from that of 2002–03. [112770]

The Department is currently estimating an underspend of £74 million in 2002–03, which is 5.7 per cent. of the total provision. The underspend relates to lower than expected take up of grants under schemes that are essentially demand led. Planned spending for 2003–04 is set out in the Departmental Report CM5920.