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Public Expenditure

House of Lords written question – answered on 20th July 2011.

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Photo of Lord Wigley Lord Wigley Plaid Cymru

To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will provide an analysis of the non-identifiable spending over the past five years on recreation, culture and religion as summarised in table 9.12 of Public Expenditure Statistical Analyses 2011.

Photo of Lord Sassoon Lord Sassoon The Commercial Secretary to the Treasury

Table 9.12 in the Public Expenditure Statistical Analyses 2011 National Statistics release shows that in each of the past five years, approximately one-third of expenditure on recreation, culture and religion was non-identifiable. Expenditure is non-identifiable when it cannot be classified as benefiting particular regions or countries and is deemed to be incurred on behalf of the United Kingdom as a whole.

The table below shows the detail on items of non-identifiable recreation, culture and religion spending, the majority of which is Department for Culture, Media and Sport spending. The largest area of spend is broadcast licence revenue.

Non-Identifiable Spending on Recreation, Culture and Religion (£ Millions)
Dept Name Spending Area 2005-06 2006-07 2007-08 2008-09 2009-10
Business, Innovation and Skills P25 5040244 Spectrum Efficiency Scheme 7 6 0 0 0
P25 SO40281 Arts and Humanities Research Council 0 0 7 8 0
Department for Culture, Media and Sport P36 S050508 Olympics 0 99 386 1,096 1,088
P36 S180300 Broadcast licence revenue 3,305 3,430 3,558 3,466 3,650
Department of Communities and Local Government 0 0 0 0 2
P08 5500060 Olympics Contributions
Grand Total(£ millions) 3,311 3,536 3,950 4,569 4,740

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