HC Deb 04 June 1991 vol 192 cc181-2W
Mr. Bowis

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Science if he has any changes to announce to cash limits on votes within his responsibility for 1991–92.

Mr. Eggar

Subject to parliamentary approval of the necessary revised estimates, the cash limits for class XI, vote 1, schools, research and miscellaneous services, and class XI, vote 2, higher and further education, will be amended. The cash limit changes are as follows:

Class and Vote Current cash limit £ Change £ Revised cash limit £
XI. 1 713,445,000 -582,000 712,863,000
XI. 2 2,919,806,000 -3,521,000 2,916,285,000

The decrease on class XI, vote 1 results from the appropriation in aid of contributions from the Welsh Office to certain programmes which are on a joint England and Wales basis.

The decrease on class XI, vote 2 results partly from the appropriation in aid of contributions from Wales to the programme of bursaries for the initial training of teachers in shortage subjects. The remainder of the decrease results from the transfer of responsibility to regional health authorities for manpower planning to meet NHS needs across a range of professions allied to medicine and the accompanying costs of training courses. The decrease is net of an increase in provision for the Polytechnics and Colleges Funding Council to cover the costs to higher education institutions of providing two-year diploma in social work courses to replace certificate in social services courses run in further education colleges. Funding for this will be transferred from the Department of Health.