§ Mr. Colvin
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he proposes to make any changes to the 1988–89 running costs limit for his Department.
§ Mr. Younger
The running costs limit for the Ministry of Defence will be reduced by £50,000 from £5,407,883,000 to £5,407,833,000. The reduction falls on class 1, vote 1 and reflects an agreement by the Office of Population Censuses and Surveys (OPCS) to take over responsibility for producing some analytical work required by the MOD. This reduction will be matched by a corresponding increase in the OPCS's running cost limit to be shown on class 20, vote 16. The transfer of this work will not affect the MOD block cash limit, nor the cash limit on class 1, vote 1, as the MOD will be charged on the non-running cost part of the Vote for the work undertaken by OPCS.