HC Deb 28 July 1983 vol 46 c523W
Lord James Douglas-Hamilton

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will make a statement about reductions in his Department's cash limits for 1983–84.

Mr. Younger

The revised cash limits and nationalised industries external financing limits announced yesterday by my right hon. Friend the Chief Secretary show a total reduction in those for which I am responsible of £32.821 million — £31.271 million in cash limits and £1.55 million in EFLs. The total figure is rather lower than the provisional estimate of around £40 million which I gave in reply to the right hon. Member for Glasow, Rutherglen (Mr. MacKenzie) on 12 July. My total cash limits as adjusted amount to nearly £2,500 million. The bulk of the reduction will be achieved by rephasing capital projects and foregoing planned growth.

Of the total reduction in cash limits, just under £16.4 million will be found by reducing cash limited provision for health. To achieve this, the allocations made to health boards to meet their current expenditure commitments will be reduced by 1 per cent. to provide £12.1 million: the health capital programme will be reduced by £2 million; and the remaining £2.3 million will be fund by economies in centrally managed health programmes. The bulk of the savings of £4.852 million on the Roads, Transport and Environmental Services Vote — (Class XV, 6)— will come from spending on motorways and trunk roads, which will be reduced by £4.16 million. This reduction can be achieved without any significant long-term effect on the programme. The reduction of £2.730 million in cash limit SO/LA2 falls on the capital programmes of the Housing Corporation and the new towns.

I do not propose to alter the cash limits in my law and order programme.

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