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Departmental Expenditure

Volume 405: debated on Thursday 22 May 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what his estimate is of the expenditure of his Department on newspapers, magazines and periodicals in 2002. [106312]

The Department's total expenditure on newspapers, magazines and periodicals in 2002 was approximately £173,000. Subscriptions may also be taken at local level and information about these is not collected centrally.

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what plans he has to reduce his Department's underspend in 2003–04 from that of 2002–03. [112769]

No underspend is currently planned for 2003–04.The estimated resource underspend reported in Table 2.4 of the Public Expenditure Statistical Analyses, published on 6 May 2003, is £201 million and is 2.7 per cent. of the final provision. This principally reflects lower than planned activity on Labour Market Programmes.The reported Capital underspend of £53 million principally reflects slippage on the departmental change programme.Current spending plans are set out in Table 1 of the Departmental Report.The Department is utilising all 2002–03 underspends to support spending plans over the SR2002 period.