HC Deb 11 November 1985 vol 86 c25W
Mr. Gregory

asked the Secretary of State for the Environment what is the level of his Department's grant in aid to the Development Commission; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Waldegrave

The Development Commission's grant in aid for 1985–86 is £24.901 million. Subject to Parliamentary approval of the necessary Supplementary Estimate I propose to increase by £3.15 million the Development Commission's grant-in-aid for provision of factory premises and to meet the liability to pay corporation tax. For this purpose the cash limit for class VIII, Vote 2 has been increased by £3.15 million from £144,575,000 to £147,725,000. The increase is more than offset by a reduction of £5.119 million in the cash limit for class VIII, Vote 5 from £148,532,000 to £143,413,000 arising from savings I have made in research and administration costs and will, therefore, not add to the planning total of public expenditure.