§ Mr. Salmond
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what was the underspend in each financial year in the total budget of UK Departments as a percentage of the UK Budget; and what the equivalent figures are for the Scottish DEL for each year for which figures are available since 1971. 
§ Mr. Andrew Smith
Given changes in the system of public expenditure control, comparison of outturn against budgetary measures over time are not meaningful. Under the current system, detailed breakdown of outturn against provision is given in July in "Public Expenditure Provisional Outturn", last published in July 2000 for financial year 1999–2000. There are equivalent tables in previous editions of the same publication for each financial year since 1994–95.