HC Deb 11 February 1982 vol 17 cc447-8W
Mr. Bill Walker

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland what changes will be made to cash limits in 1981–82 which are within his responsibility.

Mr. Younger

The information is as followsClass XV, Vote 11, Administration of Justice, Scotland. Subject to Parliamentary approval of the necessary Supplementary Estimate, an increase of £200,000 is required because receipts from sheriff court fines are lower than expected. Class XV, Vote 14, Prisons, Hospitals and Community Health Services, etc., Scotland. The cash limit is reduced by £1,444,000 to offset the increase of £200,000 in the cash limit for Vote 11 and to match a net increase in public expenditure of £1,244,000 on Class XV, Vote 12, Police Grant, Legal Aid and Criminal Injuries Compensation, Scotland—a Vote which is not subject to a cash limit. Cash Block SO/LA2, Capital expenditure in Scotland on housing by local authorities, etc. The cash block will be reduced by £38.5 million. The limit for this cash block was set at £496.8 million for 1981–82. At the beginning of the year, each local authority was set a limit for its contributions from its rate fund to its housing revenue account and authorities were told that any excess above this limit would result in a lower capital allocation than provisionally offered. Several authorities exceeded their limits and were given final capital allocations at a lower level which reflected the excess, thus permitting the cash block to be reduced. The new cash limits are summarised as follows:

Present cash limit New cash limit
£'000 £'000
Class XV
Vote 11 967 1,167
Vote 14 1,190,459 1,189,015
Cash Block
SO/LA2 496,800 458,300

These changes will not add to total public expenditure.