HC Deb 24 July 1990 vol 177 cc221-2W
Mr. Bill Walker

To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland if he proposes to make any changes to the cash limits for 1990–91 within his responsibility.

Mr. Rifkind

Yes, I intend to change three of the cash limits within my responsibility as follows.

Subject to parliamentary approval of the necessary supplementary estimate, the cash limit for class XV, vote 21, will be increased by £800,000 from £128,790,000 to £129,590,000. This increase is needed to accommodate additional expenditure not foreseen last autumn including, in particular, increased accommodation charges and costs relating to the new NHS executive. This will be offset by savings on the cash limits for class XV, vote 3, which will be reduced by £600,000 from £142,816,000 to £142,216,000, and for class XV, vote 6, which will be reduced by £200,000 from £251,542,000 to £251,342,000. The increase will not therefore add to the planned total of public expenditure.

As a consequence of these changes and of the reallocation of expenditure within class XV, vote 21, the Scottish Office running costs limit will be increased by £990,000 from £220,964,000 to £221,954,000.