§ Mr. Coombs
asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will announce revised cash limits for the National Health Service for 1984–85 to take account of the pay awards to staff who are not covered by the pay review bodies.
§ Mr. Peter Rees
Yes. As announced on 17 October by my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Social Services cash limits for the NHS will be increased to take 91W account of part of the increased cost arising from these pay awards. Part of the additional cost will be found from efficiency savings within the service. The balance will be charged to the Reserve and has been taken into account in the estimated outturn of the public expenditure planning
Department Vote/cash block Current cash limit Increase for pay Other changes Revised cash limit '000s '000s '000s '000s Department of Health and Social Security XI. 1 8,962,607 29,370 — 8,991,977 Scottish Office XV. 14 1,448,719 3,850 — 1,452,569 Welsh Office XVI. 1 752,144 1,943 *—2,025 752,062 £ million £ million £ million £ million Northern Ireland Departments NID 1 †2,059.5 †l.3 †‡1.7 †2,062.5 * This reduction results from savings found on the roads and transport programme and offsets overspend on selective financial assistance on class XVI vote 3. † Figures for Northern Ireland are rounded to the nearest £0.1 million. ‡ Details of the expenditure made available for the Milk supplementary levy (outgoers) scheme are given by the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food in a written answer of today's date.