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Public Expenditure

Volume 474: debated on Tuesday 1 April 2008

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will place in the Library a copy of the needs assessment that preceded the introduction of the Barnett formula that the Prime Minister referred to in his oral answer to the hon. Member for Manchester, Blackley (Graham Stringer) on 19 March 2008, Official Report, column 921. (196522)

[holding answer 26 March 2008]: The Treasury published in December 1979 a “Needs Assessment Study—Report”, an inter-departmental study co-ordinated by HM Treasury on the relative public expenditure needs in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. A copy is being deposited in the Library. The system for determining changes in public spending by the devolved administrations is set out in the Statement of Funding Policy published by the Treasury in October 2007.