§ Mr. Alfred Morris
asked the Secretary of State for Social Services to what extent his Department is underspending on its cash limit for 1982–83.
§ Mr. Geoffrey Finsberg
The Department has two cash limited VotesClass XI, 1 Health and Personal Social Services (England)Class XII, 4 Administration and Miscellaneous Services (Department of Health and Social Security)
On Class XI, 1, if an early settlement is reached in the current pay negotiations on the basis of the present offer and the new rates are implemented—with arrears—before the end of the financial year, I expect that expenditure will, as usual, be near to the planned total.
On Class XII, 4, it is a little too early to forecast the end of year position, but it is possible it will be necessary to seek a small increase to cover higher Post Office agency charges which had not been agreed when the cash limit was fixed.