§ Mr. Blunkett
To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment if she will publish a breakdown 817W of spending in 1996–97 and proposed spending in 1997–98 on the Employment Service, giving the percentage change between the two years. 
§ Mr. Forth
The following table sets out
- (a) figures for 1996–97 as shown in the 1996 departmental report. They do not reflect in-year changes, which have not yet been settled;
- (b) figures for 1997–98 which take account of the plans announced by my right hon. and learned Friend the Chancellor of the Exchequer in his Budget statement so far as the Employment Service 's programme and capital funding but not its running costs are concerned. This is because the final allocation of running costs as between the Employment Service and the rest of the Department has not yet been settled.
Since the figures do not reflect in-year changes in 1996–97 or the full outcome of the plans for 1997–98 announced in the Budget statement, the figures cannot be directly compared and hence no percentage change is shown.
1996–971 £million (net of VAT) 1997–98 Running costs 910 2871 Programme funding 304 353 Capital funding and other administrative costs 87 32 Total 1,301 1,256 1Figures for 1996–97 are as shown in the 1996 departmental report. They do not reflect in-year changes, which have not yet been settled. 2The figure shown is based on the figure given in the 1996 departmental report, increased by £71 million reflecting the transfer of former receipts from DSS to the ES baseline.