HC Deb 27 April 1983 vol 41 cc317-8W
Mr. Lambie

asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will publish in the Official Report a table covering the years 1983–84 to 1985–86 showing by main programme and sub-programme all that expenditure outside programme 15 which can be identified as being public expenditure in Scotland and to which reference is made in paragraph 2 of page 76 of Cmnd. 878941 and, for earlier years, in the answer of a February, Official Report, c. 93–6, table 2.

Mr. Brittan

In general, the public expenditure planned to occur in Scotland is shown in table 2.15.1 p. 76 of Cmnd. 8789. Expenditure outside the responsibility of the Secretary of State for Scotland is planned for Great Britain or the United Kingdom as a whole. Its distribution is not known centrally until it has been spent. The annual territorial analysis exercise identifies total identifiable public expenditure in each of the four countries of the United Kingdom. The latest analysis was shown in the answer of 1 February,Official Report, c. 93–96.

Certain expenditure by local authorities under the responsibility of Ministers other than the Secretary of State for Scotland is relevant for rate support grant or included in the cash limits for local authority capital expenditure. In these circumstances estimates of expenditure in Scotland are made. This information was given in Secretary of State for Scotland's answer of 9 March, Official Report, c. 445–446.