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Response to GERS queries - non-identifiable spending

Non-identifiable expenditure is a term used in HM Treasury's Country and Regional Analysis (CRA) publication to refer to spending that cannot be allocated as benefitting a particular region. In GERS, the term is used more widely to include spending which is identified as benefiting people that do not live in the UK. An example of this spending would be state pensions paid to UK citizens who now live abroad.

The methodology for apportioning non-identifiable expenditure to Scotland in GERS is set out in the GERS expenditure methodology paper, available at:

http://www.gov.scot/Topics/Statistics/Browse/Economy/GERS/Methodology

Since non-identifiable spending is a CRA measure, and the CRA for 2016-17 has not yet been published, GERS does not have a breakdown of spending into identifiable and non-identifiable for 2016-17. The table below shows identifiable and non-identifiable spending for Scotland for earlier years in GERS.

Identifiable and non-identifiable expenditure: Scotland (£ million)
  Identifiable Non-identifiable
2012-13 2013-14 2014-15 2015-16 2012-13 2013-14 2014-15 2015-16
General public services                 
Public and common services 913 1,092 1,115 1,118 395 380 373 397
International services 13 12 8 31 630 801 861 830
Public sector debt interest 20 21 31 43 3,377 3,310 3,030 3,050
Defence 3 4 4 2 3,027 3,021 3,033 3,019
Public order and safety 2,672 2,389 2,635 2,651 172 158 179 172
Economic affairs                
Enterprise and economic development  877 938 907 861 75 73 45 79
Science and technology 293 355 380 455 28 36 36 36
Employment policies 213 229 235 172 33 85 48 48
Agriculture, forestry and fisheries 917 953 922 819 2 3 5 5
Transport 2,963 2,902 2,790 3,030 19 27 26 39
Environment protection 984 1,071 1,042 1,040 202 211 206 197
Housing and community amenities 1,511 1,529 1,548 1,567 0 0 0 0
Health 11,287 11,462 11,594 12,135 56 44 41 48
Recreation, culture and religion 1,320 1,121 1,220 1,034 302 329 341 321
Education and training 7,522 7,558 7,614 7,839 0 0 0 0
Social protection 21,975 21,987 22,384 22,816 462 350 483 554
EU Transactions 0 0 0 0 167 121 237 266
Accounting adjustments 3,243 3,369 3,371 3,222 2,421 1,638 1,745 1,157
Total  56,728 56,993 57,800 58,832 11,367 10,588 10,687 10,216