§ Mr. Spring
To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security what changes are proposed in the cash limits or running costs limits of his Department.
§ Mr. Hague
Subject to parliamentary approval of the necessary supplementary estimate, the cash limit for class XIII vote 4 will be increased by £45,825,000 from £2,724,356,000 to £2,770,181,000. The revision takes account of increased requirements resulting from policy changes—£43,526,000, of which £29,948,000 is running costs—an increase of £77,454,000—of which £66,474,000 is running costs—in respect of the end-year flexibility arrangements, an increase of £350,000— running costs—offset by a corresponding reduction on Crown Prosecution Services; Crown Prosecutions and legal services, class IX vote 7, an increase of £3,000—running costs—offset by a corresponding reduction on Her Majesty's Treasury, class XVII vote 1, an increase of £56,000—running costs—offset by a corresponding reduction on Department of Health, administration, miscellaneous health services and personal social services, England, class XII vote 3, a reduction of £5,152,000 in running cost cover for services provided by Department of Health and Social Services (Northern Ireland) on repayment and an increase of £75,564,000 in appropriations in aid.
Further running cost changes arise from a reduction of £3,018,000 as a result of a reallocation to capital and other 1074W current expenditure, a reduction of £2,169,000 resulting from a transfer to a net running cost section of the vote and an increase of £5,029,000 in value added tax refunds.
As a result of these changes, the running cost limit of the Department of Social Security will be increased by £81,463,000 from £2,928,784,000 to £3,010,247,000.
The additional requirements will be changed to the reserve and will not therefore add to the planned total of public expenditure.