§ Mr. Tom Arnold
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether there will be any changes to the Treasury's running costs limit for 1988–89.
§ Mr. Brooke
Subject to parliamentary approval of the necessary Supplementary Estimate, the Treasury's running costs limit will be increased by a net £33,000 from £71,154,000 to £71,187,000.
This net increase reflects a transfer of costs for recruitment under the direct entry grade 7 competition 1988 (£5,000); and increased provision of setting up costs at Chessington computer centre, prior to the take on of payroll work in respect of the Department of the Environment/Department of Transport from 1 April 1989 (£38,000).
These changes will be offset by a corresponding increase in the running costs limit of the Office of the Minister for the Civil Service Vote (class XX, vote 1), and by a corresponding decrease in the running costs limit on the administration and transport services vote (class VIII, vote 2) respectively and will not therefore add to the planned total of public expenditure.
As a further consequence of the transfer of costs for recruitment the cash limit for Her Majesty's Treasury administration vote (class XIC, vote 11) will be decreased by £5,000 to £54,041,000.