Department of Health and Social Care: Brexit

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 10th January 2019.

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Photo of Esther McVey Esther McVey Conservative, Tatton

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how much funding from the public purse has been allocated to his Department for financial year 2018-19 for planning for the UK leaving the EU without a deal; and how much of that funding has been spent.

Photo of Stephen Hammond Stephen Hammond Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)

At Autumn Budget 2017, HM Treasury made an additional £3 billion of funding available over the next two years – £1.5 billion in each year – so that Departments and the devolved administrations can continue to prepare effectively for European Union exit.

In the Spring Statement on 13 March 2018, my Rt. hon. Friend the Chief Secretary to the Treasury (Elizabeth Truss MP) laid a Written Ministerial Statement, HCWS540, setting out the full Departmental allocations of the £1.5 billion for 2018/19.

HM Treasury approved £21.1 million of funding for the Department of Health and Social Care preparations for EU exit in 2018/19, including planning for the United Kingdom leaving the EU without a deal. Spend against this allocation for 2018/19 will be included in the 2018/19 financial accounts.

The Department is preparing for all eventualities and the resources available to support preparations are kept under constant review.

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