HC Deb 27 October 1995 vol 264 c840W
Mr. Devlin

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what proposals he has for changes to the 1995–96 cash limits within his responsibilities. [40680]

Mr. Howard

Subject to parliamentary approval of the necessary supplementary estimate, the cash limit for class VIII, vote 1 (Home Office administration, police, probation and other services, England and Wales) will be increased by £3,419,000 from £4,436,657,000 to £4,440,076,000. The increase is the net effect of: a transfer £38,000—running costs—from the Department of Environment in respect of section 11 grant administration; a transfer of £250,000 from the Welsh Office in respect of expenditure related to police force reorganisation in the Rhymney valley; a reduction of £1,160,000 in the local authority non-voted HO/LACAP cash limit from £116,333,000 to £115,265,000 for the development of the national probation service information systems strategy and police information technology; a transfer from offender programmes of £275,000 to the Department for Educationa and Employment and Welsh Office in respect of additional cost of places for Home Office sponsored students; a transfer from equal opportunities and general of £4,000—running costs—to the Department of Environment in respect of transfer of responsibility for countryside byelaws; the take-up of £250,000 from the reserve—running costs—for special constables; and the take up of £2,000,000 from the reserve for temporary protection for war victims from former Yugoslavia. There is also a diminution of police and probation capital grants by £1,740,000.

In consequence of these changes, the Home Office gross running cost limit will increased by £284,000 from £1,740,331,000 to £1,740,615,000.

The increase will be offset by savings, transfers or charges to the reserve and will not therefore add to the planned total of public expenditure.