Mr. John D. Taylor
To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what was(a) the total public expenditure and (b) the estimated European Community transfers in Northern Ireland in each of the latest five years for which figures are available.
§ Mr. Mates
The total expenditure within the responsibility of the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland for the past five complete financial years was as follows:
Year £ million 1987–88 4,828 1988–89 5,436 1989–90 5,724 1990–91 5,870 1991–92 6,449
Northern Ireland's largest single source of European Community funding is the guarantee section of the European agricultural guidance and guarantee fund. The bulk of such receipts are disbursed centrally by the Intervention Board Executive Agency—IBEA—and details on a regional basis are not available. The following amounts, however, have been identified as receipts from the three structural funds: 245W
Year £ million 1987–88 111 1988–89 96 1989–90 95 1990–91 110 1991–92 156
Note: Figures for 1991–92 are, in both cases, provisional.