HC Deb 27 January 1989 vol 145 cc805-6W
Mr. Key

To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security whether there have been any changes in the running costs limits of his Department for 1988–89.

Mr. Scott

Subject to parliamentary approval of the necessary Supplementary Estimate, the running cost limit for class XV vote 7 (administration and miscellaneous services) will be increased by £12.139 million. This is the net effect of a reapportionment between non-running cost and running cost expenditure (£4.437 million), additional receipts of £7.563 million from the national insurance fund, a transfer of £143,000 from Inland Revenue and a decrease of £5,000 as a contribution towards the direct entry grade 7 competition 1988, which is offset by a corresponding increase in vote XX.1.

As a result of these changes and those announced by my hon. and learned Friend the Minister for Health, which add a further £4.856 million to the running costs of vote XIV.3, the running cost limit of the Departments of Social Security and Health is increased by £16.995 million from £1,785.189 million to £1,802.184 million. These increases do not add to the planned total of public expenditure.

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