HC Deb 01 November 1996 vol 284 c263W
Mr. Congdon

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what proposals he has to change the cash limits for the Overseas Development Administration for 1996–97. [2372]

Dr. Liam Fox

Subject to parliamentary approval of the necessary supplementary estimate, the cash limit for class II, vote 5 will be increased by £30,570,000 from £1,591,466,000 to £1,622,036,000. The increase is in respect of: a rollover of underspending against the 1995–96 external assistance vote; a balance of underspending against European Community budgetary aid in 1994; the early redemption of outstanding loan repayments by the Crown Agents to the National Loans Fund; advisers fee related to the privatisation of the Crown Agents; and the reimbursement of costs incurred in 1995–96 and costs for 1996–97 in respect of the Gibraltar social insurance fund. The increase will be charged to the reserve and will not therefore add to the planned total of public expenditure.