HC Deb 26 January 1989 vol 145 cc663-4W
Mr. Devlin

To ask the Attorney-General whether any changes will be made to the Lord Chancellor's Department's cash limit and running costs limit for 1988–89.

The Attorney-General

Yes. Subject to parliamentary approval of the necessary Supplementary Estimate, the cash limit for the Lord Chancellor's Department, class XI vote 5 will be increased by £9,999,000 from £207,384,000 to £217,383,000. This increase reflects an increase of £8,000,000 to take account of a projected shortfall in receipts from civil court business fees; an increase of £2,000,000 to maintain progress on the court building programme; and a reduction of £1,000 to £213,803,000 in the running cost limit. The running costs limit decrease will be offset by a corresponding increase in the running costs limit for the Office of the Minister for the Civil Service (class XX, vote I) and reflects the transfer of costs for recruitment under the direct entry grade 7 competition 1988.

The cash limit increase will be charged to the reserve and will not therefore add to the planned total of public expenditure.

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