HC Deb 13 February 1985 vol 73 cc188-9W
Mr. Raffan

asked the Secretary of State for Wales if there are any changes to his Department's cash limits in the current year in connection with expenditure on transport and industry.

Mr. Nicholas Edwards

Yes. The cash limit on class XVI, Vote 1 is being reduced by £10,573,000 from £744,062,000 to £733,489,000. This reduction reflects the fact that spending on the trunk road programme has fallen below provision, mainly on account of protracted netgotiations on land acquisition and a lower rate of spend on schemes under construction than forecast.

Also, the cash limit on class XVI, 5 is being reduced by £1,270,000 from £47,757,000 to £46,487,000. This reduction relates to the provision of the Welsh Development Agency and reflects the agency's success in attracting higher than estimated income, which will allow it to carry out its programmes at a lower net cost to the Government.

Subject to parliamentary approval, these savings will be used largely to offset increases in class XVI, vote 2 and class XVI, vote 8.