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Government Offices for the Regions: Finance

Volume 489: debated on Tuesday 17 March 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer to my hon. Friend the Member for Meriden (Mrs. Spelman) of 29 January 2009, Official Report, column 771W, on Government offices for the regions: expenditure, if she will request the Government Offices for the regions to publish annually information on the programme budgets they administer. (263511)

As I said in my answer of 23 February 2009, Official Report, column 122W, programme budgets administered by the Government Offices are the responsibility of the Secretaries of State for the relevant sponsor Departments. The Departments delegate authority to the Regional Directors to spend against their programmes, though all expenditure incurred is recorded in the accounts of the Department concerned.

Publication of information on these budgets is included in the accounts of those Departments responsible for the programmes.