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Northern Ireland Office: Block Grant

Volume 691: debated on Wednesday 25 April 2007

asked Her Majesty's Government:

Further to the Written Answer by Lord Rooker on 6 March (WA 25), whether the Northern Ireland Office departmental expenditure limit has replaced the Northern Ireland Office block grant. [HL2602]

The term “block grant” refers to cash funding drawn down from HM Treasury by the NIO which is paid directly on to the Department of Finance and Personnel to fund NI departments. The NIO has a separate, resource-based budget allocated by HM Treasury referred to as the departmental expenditure limit. The Bloody Sunday inquiry is funded from this budget.