HC Deb 13 April 1999 vol 329 c135W
Mr. Wigley

To ask the Secretary of State for Wales if he will make a statement on the relationship between the increase of £80 million in expenditure in Wales announced in the Budget and the £852 million indicated as the figure for Wales for the year 1999–2000 in the Treasury's Comprehensive Spending Review on 14 July 1998; and if the £80 million is additional to the latter figure. [79040]

Mr. Michael

In the Comprehensive Spending Review published on 14 July 1998, the following spending plans were announced for the Welsh Office's Departmental Expenditure Limit:

£ million
1998–99 6,675
1999–2000 7,036
2000–01 7,406
2001–02 7,781

This represented a total cumulative increase of £2.2 billion from the 1998–99 provision. (The figure of £852 million quoted in the question related to the Welsh Office's planned capital expenditure for 1998–99). The £80 million announced in the March Budget is Wales's share of the Capital Modernisation Fund. These resources are additional to the provision set out above.