§ 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. 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.