§ 105. Mr. Simon Hughes
To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Science if he will make a statement on the areas in which his Department is underspending.
§ Mr. MacGregor
DES public expenditure Votes in 1988–89 were underspent by 1.8 per cent. Three quarters of this arose on two programmes of specific grant where local authorities did not claim as high a proportion of grant within the financial year to which it related as had been projected. Action has been taken to ensure that in future outturn more closely matches Vote provision for these programmes.