Funding for Wales

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I have tabled the following questions about the funding Wales will receive in the Budget:

To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of increasing Barnett formula funding for Wales in line with the recent increase in funding for Northern Ireland.

Elizabeth Truss MP: The Barnett Formula determines changes to each devolved administration’s funding with reference to changes in DEL funding for UK government departments. There was no change in DEL funding for UK government departments as a result of the financial support announced for Northern Ireland in June 2017.

To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what assessment he has made of the effect of Northern Ireland's additional funding on the operation of the Barnett Formula.

Alun Cairns MP: The procedure for funding the devolved administrations is set out in the Statement of Funding Policy; the Barnett Formula applies to changes in UK Government spend on devolved matters in England. The decision to allocate extra resource to Northern Ireland has resulted in no change to UK Government spend in England and therefore there are no Barnett consequentials. A new fiscal framework was agreed with the Welsh Government in December 2016, which enhanced Wales funding settlement.

To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what discussions he has had with the Chancellor of the Exchequer on Barnett consequential funding since the Government announced separate additional funding for Northern Ireland.

Alun Cairns MP: The procedure for funding the devolved administrations is set out in the Statement of Funding Policy; the Barnett Formula applies to changes in UK Government spend on devolved matters in England. The decision to allocate extra resource to Northern Ireland has resulted in no change to UK Government spend in England and therefore there are no Barnett consequentials. A new fiscal framework was agreed with the Welsh Government in December 2016, which enhanced Wales funding settlement.