HC Deb 12 December 1986 vol 107 cc235-6W
Mr. Greg Knight

asked the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will make a statement about the allocations to programmes in Northern Ireland of the public expenditure plans announced on 12 November.

Mr. Tom King

The autumn statement laid before the House by my right hon. Friend, the Chancellor of the Exchequer, on 12 November announced total public expenditure planning figures for the Northern Ireland programme as follows:

£ million
1987–88 4,810
1988–89 4,980
1989–90 5,150

The figure for 1987–88 represents an increase of some £230 million on the forecast outturn for 1986–87 and £120 million on the previously planned total for 1987–88 in the 1986 Public Expenditure White Paper (Cmnd. 9702), adjusted for Budget measures. The figure for 1988–89 represents an increase of some £160 million on previously published plans. Because of minor adjustments which will not affect the spending plans of Departments the planned figure for 1989–90 now rounds to £5,140 million.

I have decided on the following cash allocations to individual programmes (rounded to the nearest £5 million for 1987–88 and to the nearest £10 million for 1988–89 and 1989–90. Figures may not sum to totals because of roundings).

£ million
Programme 1987–88 1988–89 1989–90
Agriculture, fisheries, food and foresty 90 90 90
Industry, energy, trade and employment 445 420 400
Transport 130 130 130
Housing 365 380 380
Environmental and miscellaneous services 215 220 240
Protective Services 25 30 30
Education and science, arts and libraries 735 780 810
Health and personal social services 795 840 880
Social Security 1,445 1,520 1,570
Other public services 50 60 60
Total NI Departments 4,295 4,460 4,610

Programme 1987–88 1988–89 1989–90
NIO—Law, order, protective and miscellaneous services 515 520 540
Total Northern Ireland 4,810 4,980 5,140

The planning figures for 1987–88 will form the basis for preparation by Northern Ireland Departments and the Northern Ireland Office of Main Estimates for the coming year, which will be presented to Parliament in due course.

The allocations reflect my assessment of how best to distribute the Northern Ireland public expenditure total in response to local needs and circumstances. Copies of a more detailed statement on these allocations have been placed in the Library of the House of Commons.