§ Mr. Gwilym Jones
To ask the Secretary of State for Wales if he proposes to make any changes to the cash limits for class XVI, votes 5, 8 and 10, and for WO/LACAP and WO/UA in the current year.
§ Mr. David Hunt
Yes. Subject to parliamentary approval of the necessary supplementary estimates, the cash limit on class XVI, vote 5 is being increased by £7,586,000, from £317,825,000 to £325,411,000; the cash limit on class XVI, vote 8 is being increased by £14,207,000, from £962,838,000 to £977,045,000; the cash limit on class XVI, vote 10 is being increased by £5,475,000, from £1,604,300,000 to £1,609,775,000; the cash limit for WO/LACAP is being increased by £10,400,000, from £357,188,000 to £367,588,000 and the cash limit for WO/UA is being increased by £2,792,000, from £67,112,000 to £69,904,000.
The increase on vote 5 relates to the take-up of full end-year flexibility entitlement on capital expenditure (£7,651,000) as announced by the Chief Secretary on 25 July 1990 at columns 235–38,partly offset by a reduction of £65,000 in respect of a contribution to be made to the Department of Health for the Peto institute. The Department of Health will take a corresponding increase to class XIII, vote 3.
The increase to vote 8 takes account of the termination of VAT refunds (£10,480,000), additional expenditure for the senior nurses pay award (£82,000), an increase to general medical costs (2,749,000) and the take-up of full end-year flexibility entitlement on capital expenditure (£896,000) as announced by the Chief Secretary on 25 July 1990.
The increase to vote 10 is in respect of block grant payable to local authorities as compensation under section 67 of the Local Government, Planning and Land Act 1980.
The increase to the local authority capital cash limit (WO/LACAP) takes account of additional provision for home renovation grants.
The increase to the urban aid capital cash limit (WO/UA) takes account of the take-up of full end-year flexibility entitlement on capital expenditure (£2,792,000) as announced by the Chief Secretary on 25 July 1990.
These increases are within the forecast outturn for the planning total included in the Chancellor's autumn statement today.