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Mr. Hood: To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what percentage of local government officers retired before normal retirement age in each of the last three years; and if he will make a statement. [50870]

Mr. Macdonald: This information is not held centrally and could be provided only at disproportionate cost.

Local Authorities (Auditing)

Mr. Hood: To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will list for each Scottish local authority the number of staff employed in the internal audit department in (i) 1995, (ii) 1996 and (iii) 1997; and if he will make a statement. [50871]

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Mr. Macdonald: This information is not held centrally and could be provided only at disproportionate cost.

Public Expenditure

Mr. Swinney: To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will list (a) the planned Scottish Office expenditure for the financial years 1999-2000 to 2001-2002 in cash and real terms by category of expenditure as expressed in table 1.4 of Serving Scotland's Needs, the Government's Expenditure Plans 1998-99, in 1997-98 prices using the GDP deflator, (b) the cumulative spending planned from 1999-2000 under each category in real terms and the total cumulative spending over this period in 1997-98 prices using the GDP deflator and (c) the difference between these cumulative totals and the amount that would have been spent (i) by category and (ii) for the total Scottish block equivalent assuming that spending was maintained at 1994-95 levels in real terms at current prices using the GDP deflator. [51219]

Mr. Dewar: The tables show the information requested on total Scottish Office expenditure in a format reflecting the new public expenditure control arrangements announced by my right hon. Friend the Chancellor of the Exchequer on 11 June 1998, Official Report, columns 1195-201. It is worth noting that direct comparisons of spending levels in 1994-95 with CSR plans are not meaningful. Definitional changes mean that the comparison is not truly like for like, and the 1994-95 levels of spending were not sustainable given the associated levels of public borrowing.

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Table 1: Planned expenditure in cash and real terms
£ million

Cash Real terms (1997-98 prices)
1999-20002000-012001-021999-20002000-012001-02
Departmental expenditure limit(9)(10)13,76814,43115,04513,04113,33613,564
Annually managed expenditure
CAP300282309284260278
Housing support grant131313121211
Total assigned budget(11)14,08014,72615,36713,33713,60813,854
New Deal for schools(12)(13)272727252524
Non-domestic rates(14)1,4411,4731,5101,3651,3611,362
Total budget(15)15,54816,22516,90414,72714,99415,240

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Table 2: Cumulative planned expenditure over CSR period (1999-2000 to 2001-02)
£ million

Cash CSR plansReal terms (1997-98 prices) CSR plansCash if 1994-95 spend maintained in real terms
Departmental expenditure limit(9)(10)43,24439,94044,543
Annually managed expenditure
CAP8908231,007
Housing support grant383585
Total assigned budget(11)44,17340,79845,634
New Deal for schools(12)(13)80740
Non-domestic rates(14)4,4254,0883,912
Total budget(15)48,67744,96049,547

(9) Under the new public expenditure control arrangements and devolution, the Barnett formula used to determine Scottish expenditure applies to the Departmental Expenditure Limit (DEL) in place of the former Scottish Block. Full details of the definitional changes between the DEL and the Control Total were given in the "Economic and Fiscal Strategy Report 1998", published in June

(10) Includes provision for the Crown Office, which will be within the responsibility of the Scottish Parliament

(11) Total budget assigned to the Scottish Parliament. There are some differences between the coverage of the Assigned Budget and the former Scottish Block, the main one being the exclusion of non-domestic rates. Figures here include expenditure on Hill Livestock Compensatory Allowance of around £37 million per year which is included in the DEL but excluded from the Assigned Budget for control purposes until 1999-2000

(12) Includes around £1 million for the New Deal for Young People in 1997-98 and £3 million for Childcare in 1998-99

(13) Total expenditure financed by the Windfall Tax and administered by the Scottish Office. The majority of expenditure on the New Deal is administered for all of Great Britain by DfEE and DSS. Total expenditure in Scotland on the New Deal is projected to be over £450 million in the period 1997-2002

(14) Figures for future years uprated in line with the RPI

(15) Total Scottish public spending within the responsibility of the Scottish Parliament or administered by the Scottish Executive


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Table 3: Planned expenditure by programme in cash and real terms
£ million

Cash Real terms (1997-98 prices)
1999-002000-012001-021999-002000-012001-02
Central Government support for:
Local Authority current expenditure(16)5,6885,8646,0145,3885,4195,422
Local Authority non-housing capital expenditure(17)345356392327329354
Other programme expenditure
Agriculture, fisheries and food(18)478464496453429448
Arts, libraries and sport808284767676
Further, higher and other central government education (excluding student support)1,0131,0701,1369599891,024
Student support(19)320308299304285270
Health4,9245,2145,5344,6644,8184,989
Housing(20)524634655496585591
Industry, enterprise and training(21)555558608526515548
Law, order and protective services(22)487488508461451458
Crown Office515151484746
Other environmental services323325327306300294
Scottish Parliament and staff558047527442
Other Public Services183194191174180172
Roads and Transport(23)267270282253250254
Social Work747781707273
European Social Funds and European Regional Development Fund153163173145151156
New Deal for schools(24)272727252524
Total budget15,54816,22616,90414,72714,99415,240

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Table 4: Cumulative planned expenditure by programme over CSR period (1999-2000 to 2001-02)
£ million

Cash CSR plansReal terms (1997-98 prices) CSR plansCash if 1994-95 spend maintained in real terms
Central Government support for:
Local Authority current expenditure(16)17,56716,22918,967
Local Authority non-housing capital expenditure(17),(25)1,0941,0102,497
Other programme expenditure
Agriculture, fisheries and food(18)1,4391,3301,609
Arts, libraries and sport246227267
Further, higher and other central government education (excluding student support)3,2182,9722,911
Student support(19)9288591,281
Health15,67214,47113,927
Housing(20)1,8121,6721,914
Industry, enterprise and training(21)1,7211,5902,144
Law, order and protective services(22)1,4831,3701,511
Crown Office153141152
Other environmental services(25)974900291
Scottish Parliament and staff1821680
Other Public Services568525590
Roads and Transport(23)819757931
Social Work232215154
European Social Funds and European Regional Development Fund489451401
New Deal for schools(24)80740
Total budget48,67844,96149,547

(16) Includes non-domestic rate payments, which are outside the DEL

(17) The requirement that local authorities must use 50 per cent. of non-housing capital receipts to redeem debt will be abolished from 1 August 1998. This will allow local authorities to raise an estimated £75 million per annum extra from asset sales

(18) Includes market support under the CAP, which is outside the DEL

(19) Reflects the new Resource Accounting treatment of student loans announced in the "Economic and Fiscal Strategy Report 1998", hence it includes total expenditure on student grants, but only the subsidy element of student loans

(20) Expenditure funded through the Capital Receipts Initiative is now included in the DEL. Housing figures also include Housing Support Grant, which is outside the DEL

(21) This line covers Industry, enterprise and training expenditure administered by the Scottish Office only. Further expenditure administered by other departments on the New Deal is projected to be around £75 million in 1998-99, and almost £90 million per year in each of 1999-2000 to 2001-02

(22) A large proportion of spending on law, order and protective services is included under central government support to local authorities

(23) Includes support to nationalised industries

(24) Includes around £1 million for the New Deal for Young People in 1997-98 and £3 million for Childcare in 1998-99. Additional support for schools' capital expenditure is included in support for non-housing local authority capital expenditure above

(25) The cost of water services in 1994-95 was included in central government capital support to local authorities, but from 1996-97 responsibility switched to the water authorities, whose external finance is included under other environmental services


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Sir Robert Smith: To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, pursuant to his answer of 14 July 1998, Official Report, column 139, on his plans for allocating total expenditure within his responsibility, if he will give a breakdown of the figure for other environmental services. [51562]

Mr. Dewar: The Other Environmental Services programme covers a wide range of activities. The detailed allocation of resources among the various activities is currently being finalised and will be announced in due course.


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