§ Mr. O'Halloran
asked the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will give details of the cash limits which are to be operated in respect of Northern Ireland Executive Departments in the financial year 1976–77.
§ Mr. Merlyn Rees
Cash limits will be operated on a wide variety of services in Northern Ireland. The total for cash-limited services within which spending Departments will have to keep has now been settled at £708.3 million. This will be split between the Departments sponsoring cash-limited services as follows:
Agriculture 31.8 Commerce 29.7 Education (including area boards) 239.1 Environment 126.0 Finance 26.5 Health and Social Services (including area boards) 226.0 Manpower Services 29.2 708.3
The main services which are not cash-limited are:Rates on government property.Agricultural support.Industrial development (excluding factory building).Scholarships and examinations.Civil Service superannuating.Water and sewerage—capital investment.Public corporations—capital investment: e.g.NI electricity service, NI Transport Holding Company, NI airports, etc.Family practitioners' Service.Social security.Housing subsidies.Redundancy Fund.Selective employment payments.Public housing capital investment (NI Housing Executive).