Finance

– Scottish Parliament written question – answered on 28th June 2000.

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Photo of Mike Watson Mike Watson Labour

Question S1W-8299

To ask the Scottish Executive whether it can give the allocation of end-year flexibility by department.

Photo of Rt Hon Jack McConnell Rt Hon Jack McConnell Labour

I announced yesterday a total end-year flexibility allocation of £435 million. Table 1 shows end-year balances generated by vote.

In discussion with my Cabinet colleagues we agreed that departments should retain a total of £362 million both to fund slippage in capital projects and to meet our agreed policy that departments retain a 75% share of the end-year balance. This generated a reserve of £73 million. We have allocated a further £38 million to portfolios which did not benefit from budget consequentials, mainly to rural affairs, communities, environment and education and lifelong learning. This leaves an unallocated reserve of £35 million.

Table 2 sets out the total allocation of end-year flexibility by portfolio. My colleagues will make further announcements on the detailed allocation of these resources.

Resources carried forward through end-year flexibility will be taken up in a budget revision this autumn, which will be subject to scrutiny by the Finance Committee.

Table 1

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1999-2000 End-Year Balance by Vote

£ million

Vote 1

Rural Affairs

13

Vote 2

Development Department

109

Vote 3

Education and Industry

89

Vote 4

Health

135

Vote 5

Justice

48

Vote 6

Administration

14

Vote 7

General Register Office

2

Vote 8

National Archive of Scotland

0

Vote 9

Scottish Courts

8

Vote 10

Forestry Commission

-6

Vote 11

Crown Office

4

Vote 12

Parliament

20

435

Table 2

Allocation of EYF Monies 2000-01

End of Year

Balance Retained

£ million

Allocations

From Reserve

£ million

Children and Education

1

3

Communities

52

9

Enterprise and Lifelong Learning

64

10

Health and Community Care

101

0

Justice and Crown Office

51

0

Rural Affairs and Forestry

5

11

Transport and Environment

28

6

Central Services

13

0

Local Government and European Funds

27

0

Parliament

20

0

Total

362

38

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