§ 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 follows448WClass 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.