Northern Ireland: Departmental Underspend

House of Lords written question – answered on 24th February 2005.

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Photo of Lord Laird Lord Laird Crossbench

asked Her Majesty's Government:

Further to the Written Answer by the Lord President on 27 January (WA 171) concerning underspending by Northern Ireland departments, for each department, what the funds transferred to the current year were used for.

Photo of Baroness Amos Baroness Amos President of the Council, Privy Council Office, Lord President of the Council and Leader of the House of Lords (Privy Council Office)

Any underspends which arose in areas where automatic end-year flexibility (EYF) arrangements applied (primarily capital investment, and allocations in respect of executive programme funds and education and library boards) were retained by the relevant department for use in the same area in the following financial year. All residual underspend (i.e. in areas not covered by automatic EYF) was surrendered for reallocation in the course of the June 2004 monitoring round. This round also dealt with general reduced requirements declared by departments, and it is not possible separately to identify spending funded by the residual underspend.

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