§ Mr. Llwyd
To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment if she will list for(a) each of the constituent nations of the United Kingdom and (b) the United Kingdom in constant prices the amount of Government expenditure allocated for 1994–95, 1995–96 and that anticipated for 1996–97 for the access to work scheme, indicating in each case the percentage year on year change. 
§ Mr. Forth
Responsibility for the subject of the question has been delegated to the Employment Service Agency under its chief executive. I have asked him to arrange for a reply to be given.
Letter from Mike Fogden to Mr. Elfyn Llwyd, dated 28 February 1996:
The Secretary of State has asked me to reply to your question about expenditure allocated to Access to Work for 1994/95, 1995/96 and 1996/97.
Access to Work began in June 1994. The annex gives the initial allocation for Access to Work for England. Scotland and Wales for the period requested. In 1995/96, as in 1994/95, we will spend more than the allocation. The total allocation is for Great Britain as the Access to Work programme does not extend to Northern Ireland.
I hope this is helpful.
Access to Work initial allocation (£ million) at 1994–95 prices 1994–95 1995–96 1996–97 England 12.4 10.8 10.7 Percentage change — -13 per cent. -1 per cent. Scotland 1.2 1.3 0.9 Percentage change — +8 per cent. - 31 per cent. Wales 1.0 0.9 0.6 Percentage change — -10 per cent. -33 per cent. GB total 14.6 13.0 12.2 Percentage change — -11 per cent. -6 per cent.
1. Access to Work began on 6 June 1994. The 1994–95 figure includes expenditure on previous special schemes.
2. The calculations have been made using Treasury GDP deflators:
3.25 per cent. for 1994–95 to 1995–96 and 2.5 per cent. For 1995–96 to 1996–97.