HC Deb 22 July 1996 vol 282 c63W
Mr. Byers

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, pursuant to the answer of 12 July,Official Report, column 330, what factors led to a running cost underspend of £94,889,000 in the Department of Education and Employment. [38812]

Mr. Squire

The Department for Education and Employment has an entitlement to end-year flexibility on running costs of £94.9 million. This amount comprises underspends from 1995–96 and previous years.

The 1995–96 underspend was £55 million. Of this amount, £36 million was the result of reducing work loads in the Employment Service, largely because of falling unemployment.

The main factors giving rise to the balance of the 1995–96 underspend were payments falling due later than expected and the early achievement of some efficiency savings planned for 1996–97.