Regional Assistance

Treasury written question – answered on 12th April 2019.

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Photo of Marion Fellows Marion Fellows SNP Whip, Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Small Business, Enterprise and Innovation)

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the Answer of 3 April 2019 to Question 238660, how much regional aid spending in (a) Scotland, (b) Wales, (c) Northern Ireland and (d) England was not subject to the Barnett formula for each year since 2009.

Photo of Elizabeth Truss Elizabeth Truss The Chief Secretary to the Treasury

Pursuant to my answer of [10 April 2018] to Question 241453, the Barnett formula is applied to all changes in the budgets of UK Government departments rather than to specific areas of spending. It is not therefore possible to say how much funding the devolved administrations received in relation to departmental spending on regional aid in England.

In addition, Barnett consequentials do not arise from any spending in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland where there is no change to UK Government departmental spending.

EU funding for regional aid expenditure does not attract Barnett consequentials as there are separate arrangements for allocating these funds between departments and the devolved administrations.

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