§ Mr. Greg Knight
asked the Paymaster General whether any change will be made to the cash limits for the Department of Employment group.
§ Mr. Kenneth Clarke
Subject to parliamentary approval of the necessary Supplementary Estimates, the cash limit for Class IV, Vote 15, (Manpower Services Commission) will be increased by £19 million from £1,344908,000 to £1,363,908,000 to cover extra requirements for YTS and for new pilot schemes for the long-term unemployed; and the cash limit for Class IV, Vote 16 (Department of Employment administration) will be increased by £2,052,000 from £248,960,000 to £251,012,000 to cover extra costs of £6 million for administration of the unemployment benefit service, partly offset by extra receipts totalling £3,948,000 from the national insurance fund (although this offset will not reduce public expenditure). These cash limit increases are more than fully offset by a reduction of £28 million in the cash limit for Class IV, Vote 12, (Labour market services) from £865,950,000 to £837,950,000 reflecting expected savings on the community programme, so no net increase in public expenditure is involved.