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Parliamentary Debates and Questions

S5W-01009: Miles Briggs (Lothian)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 22 June 2016

To ask the Scottish Government whether it plans to allocate its share of the revenue raised from the UK Government’s proposed soft drinks industry levy to initiatives dedicated to tackling childhood obesity and, if so, how it will do so.

Answered by: Aileen Campbell 14 July 2016

The Scottish Government awaits details on how the proposed levy will operate in practice. The Barnett formula does not adjust to changes in reserved taxation such as the soft drinks industry levy but instead allocates to Scotland a population share of net changes in expenditure on comparable spending programmes in England (or England and Wales). Following the announcements at the UK Spending Review and the UK Budget in March 2016, the Scottish Government’s discretionary budget will fall in real terms by 3.2% over the course of the current spending review period. The Scottish Government will publish spending plans for 2017-18 in due course.