HC Deb 22 December 1983 vol 51 c367W
Sir Peter Mills

asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will allow 100 per cent. capital allowances on the laying of cable television cables.

Mr. Moore

I refer my hon. Friend to the reply I gave to my hon. Friend the Member for Harrow, East (Mr. Dykes) earlier today.

Government Expenditure

Mr. David Howell

asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer if the savings in 1983–84 Government expenditure, for which he called in his statement of 7 July, involving a 1 per cent. cut in respect of the pay and central Government administration element and 2 per cent. on the remainder, are on course to being achieved; which Departments have now reported fully on their proposed adjustments; and if he will list Departments which have been wholly or partially exempted from the 1 per cent. or 2 per cent. reductions.

Mr. Lawson

The savings I announced on 7 July are on course to being achieved, and outturn against the revised cash limits is being monitored in the usual way. In some programmes the reductions were allocated in such a way that some cash limits took less than their share (or were not reduced at all) and some correspondingly more. The Exchequer and Audit Department was not asked to make a reduction in view of its forthcoming change in status.