§ Mr. Robert Atkins
asked the Secretary of State for the Environment whether he has any changes to announce to his Department's cash limits.
§ Mr. Ridley
Yes. I propose the following changes.DOE CentralThe non-voted net cash limit for new towns (DOE/NT 1) has been reduced by £3.;94 million from minus £95.74 million to minus £99.68 million to take account of receipts from disposals of property, which were higher than forecast, to provide for a transfer of £0.5 million to DOE/LA1 and to provide for a transfer of £0.94 million to the Housing Corporation's approved development programme. This last provides for the purchase by Redditch YMCA housing association of 77 flats in Redditch formerly owned by the Commission for the New Towns.The Housing Corportion's cash limit (DOE/HC 1) is correspondingly increased by £0.94 million from £586.49 million to £587.43 million.The cash limit for Class X, Vote 2 has been reduced by £1.45 million from £181.09 million to £179.64 million. Of this, £1.15 million will be borne in the Development Commission's grant-in-aid subhead. This will not affect gross spending by the commission in 1986–87 as it expects to realise and retain 765W an equivalent sum in extra receipts from its factory building programme. The remaining £0.3 million reflects a lower than anticipated payment to the Zoological Society of London in respect of its private sector capital matching grants regime.The cash limit for Class X, Vote 4 has been reduced by £1 million, from £83.0 million to £82.0 million. This decrease reflcts an expected shortfall in the original Historic Buildings and Monuments Commission expenditure programme.Finally, the non-voted cash limit for local authorities' capital expenditure (DOE/LA 1) has been increased by £1.5 million, from £2,366.62 million to £2,368.12 million in respect of additional spending on the homes insulation scheme. £1 million of this is being transferred from other Departments, and £0.5 million is being found from the reduction in the DOE/NT 1 cash limit.The above net reductions totalling £4.95 million partially offset an increase in provision being sought in a Spring Supplementary Estimate for the non-cash limited Class IX.1 Vote which is to be presented to Parliament shortly.Property Services AgencyThe cash limit for Class XX, Vote 18 relating to Civil Accommodation Services has been increased by £0.8 million from £150.129 million to £150.929 million to meet increased expenditure as a result of the fire at Hampton Court.