§ Mr. Hendry
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what proposals he has to change his Department's cash limits and running costs limits; and what proposals there are to change the cash limit and running costs limit of passenger rail services and the Office of the Rail Regulator for 1994–95.
§ Dr. Mawhinney
Subject to parliamentary approval of the necessary supplementary estimates, the following changes will be made:
- (i) The cash limit for class VI, vote 1—Highways Agency—will be increased by £243,000 from £2,142,659,000 to £2,142,902,000. The increase in the cash limit arises from adjustments in funding relating to the formation of the Highways Agency between this vote and class VI, vote 2.
- (ii) The cash limit for class VI, vote 2—administration arid transport services—is reduced by £1,733,000 from £251,045,000 to £249,312,000. The reduction is made up of transfers to class VI, vote 1, £243,000, and to class VI vote 7, £1,670,000, offset by a transfer from class 1, vote 1, £180,000, for bounty payments to the Merchant Navy reserve.
- (iii) The cash limit on class VI, vote 4—Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency—is reduced by £4,000,000 from £179,003,000 to £175,003,000, made up of transfers of £2,461,000 to class VI, vote 7 and £1,539,000 to class VI, vote 8 for consultancies.
- (iv) The cash limit for class VI, vote 5—local roads and transport—is reduced by £2,150,000 by from £592,573,000 to £590,423,000. This reflects a reduction in the cash limit to this vote of £3,625,000 offset by the take up of end year flexibility entitlement as announced by the Chief Secretary to the Treasury on 14 July 1994, Official Report, columns 729–34.
- (v) The cash limit for class VI, vote 7—passenger rail services—will be increased by £52,131,000 by transfers from class VI, vote 2, £1,670,000, class VI, vote 4, £2,461,000, and from non-voted expenditure from £1,747,500,000 to £1,799,631,000. The additional provision is required for sums due to British Railways Board in respect of public service obligations and for costs of administrative and miscellaneous services.
- (vi) The cash limit for class VI, vote 8—Office of the Rail Regulator—will be increased by £1,539,000 from £7,712,000 to £9,251,000. The additional provision is made up of a transfer from class VI, vote 4 for consultancies offset by additional appropriations in aid.
- (vii) The Department of Transport local authority capital cash limit has been increased by £3,732,000 from £297,358,000 to £301,090,000. This reflects the take up of end year flexibility entitlement as announced by the Chief Secretary to the Treasury on 14 July 1994, Official Report, columns 729–34.
- (viii) The Department of Transport running costs limits has been reduced by £3,755,000 from £417,993,000 to £414,238,000 and the Office of the Rail Regulator running
927 costs limit has been increased by £1,514,000 from £6,170,000 to £7,684,000.
The overall increases will be offset by transfers or charged to the reserve and will not, therefore, add to the planned total of public expenditure.