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Public Expenditure

Volume 504: debated on Monday 18 January 2010

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will publish his Department's projections for overall departmental expenditure limits for the years (a) 2011-12, (b) 2012-13 and (c) 2013-14. (309296)

Departmental expenditure limits are set within a spending review. Beyond the current spending review period no overall or individual departmental expenditure limits have been set.

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will estimate the amount of revenue to the public purse generated in England which is spent under the block grant system on (a) free care for the elderly and (b) free prescriptions for people in other parts of the UK. (309861)

Under the Barnett formula the devolved Administrations receive a population based share of comparable changes in spending by UK Government Departments. These calculations are based on overall changes in Departments' provision rather than disaggregated by individual programmes. The costs of devolved policies, for instance on free care for the elderly or free prescription charges, are met by the relevant devolved Administrations within their existing block budgets.