§ Mr. Hanley
To ask the Minister for the Civil Service if there are any proposals to change the 1990–91 cash limit and the running costs limit for the Office of the Minister for the Civil Service.
§ Mr. Mellor
Subject to parliamentary approval of the necessary supplementary estimate, the cash limit for the Office of the Minister for the Civil Service (class XIX, vote 1) will be increased by £662,000 from £43,621,000 to £44,283,000. The increase will be offset by a reduction in the cash limit for the Cabinet Office: other services (class XIX, vote 2).
The increase is required to cover the cost of providing financial support to other Government Departments in respect of their secondees to European Community institutions; the salary costs of staff specifically recruited to increase future British representation in European Community institutions; the cost of an efficiency unit study of ministerial correspondence; the cost of repairing storm damage to the Civil Service College's premises at Sunningdale Park and the bringing forward of some capital expenditure from the college's 1991–92 building programme. In addition, receipts of interest on loans to the Civil Service Sports Council are to be reclassified. from appropriations in aid to extra receipts payable to the Consolidated Fund.
Some of the above changes in provision have a consequent effect on the Department's running costs limit which will be increased by £142,000 from £33,722,000 to £33,864,000.
The increase is within the forecast outturn for the planning total included in the Chancellor's autumn statement today.