HC Deb 04 March 1988 vol 128 cc714-5W
Mr. Quentin Davies

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will give revised cash limits for 1987–88 which take account of the decision by some Departments not to seek supplementary provision to cover the carry forward allowed under the end-year flexibility scheme.

Mr. Major

Under the end-year flexibility scheme, announced in 1983, some 33 1987–88 cash limits were increased to allow for the carry forward of capital underspend in 1986–87—Official Report, 23 July 1987, columns 434–38. In the case of five voted cash limits, the relevant Departments have not sought parliamentary approval for the extra provision in a Supplementary Estimate. To keep the control figures in line with provision, the cash limits are accordingly being reduced; a list is shown in the following table.

Revisions to 1987–88 voted cash limits resulting from the carry forward of capital underspends in 1986–87 not being required
Class Vote Accounting department Description of expenditure Current cash limit Decrease Revised cash limit
£000 £000 £000
V 51 Department of Trade and Industry International trade: export credit services, insurance of investment overseas (central services) 39,325 1,250 38,075
XI 5 Lord Chancellor's Department Administration of justice: England and Wales 129,529 2,000 127,529
XII 3 Department of Education and Science Universities, etc 1,714,201 95 1,714,106
XIX 13 Her Majesty's Treasury Central management of the Civil Service: computers and telecommunications 18,084 293 17,791
XX 92 Land Registry Records, registrations and surveys 3 1 2
1 Capital expenditure on this vote is not classified as public expenditure.
2 This was a token cash limit change to cover carryover of £97,000 taken in the form of increased appropriations-in-aid.