§ Mr. Robertson
asked the Secretary of State for Scotland what are the indicators for determining the relative prosperity or deprivation of areas in Scotland on which he will base his spending priorities; and whether any measure is used to determine the relative position of Scottish areas against those in other parts of the United Kingdom.
§ Mr. Gregor Mackenzie
Public expenditure programmes reflect a number of factors, including indicators of deprivation, such as unemployment, overcrowding and absence of household amenities. Information on these is 9W derived from the Department of the Environment's report on "Census Indicators of Urban Deprivation", which covers the whole of Great Britain.