HC Deb 12 May 1983 vol 42 c446W
10. Mr. Campbell-Savours

asked the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what are the principal reasons that led Her Majesty's Government to decide on the level of allocation of moneys to Northern Ireland which do not apply to the rest of the United Kingdom.

Mr. John Patten

The public expenditure allocation for Northern Ireland is decided as part of the annual public expenditure survey. The allocation is a positive response to Northern Ireland's special needs, which are a unique combination of social and economic disadvantages coupled with a necessarily high expenditure on law and order.