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The Treasury and WhitehallThe Planning and Control of Public Expenditure, 1976–1993$
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Colin Thain and Maurice Wright

Print publication date: 1995

Print ISBN-13: 9780198277842

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198277842.001.0001

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The Territorial Dimension

The Territorial Dimension

(p.307) 14 The Territorial Dimension
The Treasury and Whitehall

Colin Thain

Maurice Wright

Oxford University Press

There are unique constitutional, political, organizational, and structural features about the Scottish and Welsh Offices as well as the Northern Ireland Office and departments. That distinctiveness is even more apparent in the way in which public expenditure is allocated and distributed in the territories. This chapter focuses on both the planning and allocative mechanisms of public expenditure in the territories. The chapter begins by providing a brief historical overview of the methods of allocating resources territorially and the subsequent introduction of the ‘Barnett formula’ in the late 1970s. The current arrangements for allocating resources are discussed, stressing the importance of the formula and block, and examines the way in which the territorial departments organize the internal process of bidding for resources. The use of discretion in the allocation of resources by the Secretaries of State is also considered. The chapter concludes by asking who benefits from the current system.

Keywords:   territorial departments, public expenditure, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland, Barnett formula, resource allocation, Secretaries of State

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