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Public Expenditure: Scotland

Volume 501: debated on Wednesday 2 December 2009

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what funding has been provided to the Scottish Executive as Barnett consequentials in relation to the promotion and use of renewable energy sources in each of the last five years. (302645)

[holding answer 30 November 2009]: The Barnett formula has been applied to changes in provision of UK Government Departments in spending reviews over the last five years. The Barnett formula is applied to the aggregate changes in provision of Departments. Details are provided in spending review White Papers. Under the Barnett formula arrangements the Scottish Executive receives an unhypothecated block budget which it then allocates reflecting its own priorities. Details of spending by UK Government Departments can be found in their departmental reports. So while the Scottish Executive has received Barnett consequentials on spending on renewable energy sources these are not separately calculated or identified in its spending review settlements.