HC Deb 26 January 1989 vol 145 c667W
Mr. Carrington

To ask the Minister for the Arts if he will give details of any proposed changes to the cash limits of his Department's votes in 1988–89.

Mr. Luce

Subject to parliamentary approval of the necessary Supplementary Estimates, the cash limits of the following votes will be increased as indicated:

Class and Vote Current Cash Limit £ Change £ Revised Cash Limit £
XIII, 1 153,576,000 +500,000 154,076,000
XIII, 2 174,362,000 +5,200,000 179,562,000

Additional provision of £500,000 is being sought in a spring Supplementary Estimate on class XIII, vote 1. The grant-in-aid to the Tate gallery is to be increased by £800,000 to meet completion costs of building projects which exceed previous estimates. That increase will be partly met from savings of £300,000 elsewhere on the vote.

Additional provision of £5.2 million is being sought on class XIII, vote 2. The main Estimate provision for assets accepted in lieu of tax is to be augmented by £5.7 million but this additional provision is partially offset by savings of £500,000 elsewhere on the vote.

The increase of £5,700,000 on these two votes has been charged to the reserve and will not, therefore, add to the planned total of public expenditure.