126843 - Northern Ireland Office: Brexit (Answered)

Hywel Williams
To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how much her Department plans to spend on projects relating to the UK leaving the EU in the next five years; and if she will list the projects to which that funding has been assigned.

Mr Shailesh Vara

HM Treasury has already allocated departments nearly £700 million to prepare for Brexit from the Reserve. The Department received £0.216m of this funding in 17/18 which has been spent on additional resources to deal with Brexit preparations.

At Autumn Budget 2017 HM Treasury made another £3bn of additional funding available over 18/19 and 19/20 – £1.5bn in each year. NIO officials are currently working with HM Treasury to determine the allocation for 18/19 with the aim being to agree this soon.

Departmental allocations for 19/20 will be agreed later on in the year and decisions on funding in 20/21 and beyond will be decided at the next Spending Review. This is because requirements in these years will be heavily affected by what is agreed in negotiations with the EU.