§ Mr. Merchant
To ask the Secretary of State for Health what changes will be made to the cash limits of his Department in 1996–97. 
§ Mr. Dorrell
Subject to parliamentary approval of the necessary supplementary estimate, the cash limit for class XI vote 1—hospital, community health, family health and related services, England—will be increased by £125,517,000, from £27,682,304,000 to £27,807,821,000. This allows for increases of £124,373,000 in respect of the take up of the end year flexibility entitlement as announced by the Chief Secretary to the Treasury on292W
12 July 1996 at columns 326–31; £1,758,000 for the drugs challenge fund made up of a claim on the reserve (£879,000) and by transfers from class VII, vote 1—Home Office administration, police, probation, immigration and other services, England and Wales—(£308,000, class IX, vote 1—Department of Education and Employment: programmes and central services—(£263,000) and class XI, vote 2—Department of Health administration, miscellaneous health and personal social services, England—(£308,000); and £65,000 from class XI, vote 2 for Mental Health Act Commission accommodation charges.
The overall increase is partially offset by transfers of £311,000 to class XIII, vote 4—hospital, community health, family health, other health services and welfare food, Scotland—for services provided by the former London postgraduate teaching hospitals (£292,000) and for GP fundholders cross boundary flows (£19,000); £185,000 to Department of Health and Social Services, Northern Ireland for supraregional services (£175,000) and services provided by the former London postgraduate teaching hospitals (£10,000); £111,000 to class XIV, vote 4—Hospital, community health, family health services and other health services (part), Wales—for services provided by the former London postgraduate teaching hospitals and £72,000 to class XI, vote 2—Department of Health administration, miscellaneous health and personal social services, England—in respect of a transfer of capital assets to the Public Health Laboratory Service.
The cash limit for class XI, vote 2—Department of Health, administration, miscellaneous health services arid personal social services, England—will be reduced by £857,000 (from £1,209,456,000 to £1,208,599,000). This reduction allows for transfer of £373,000 (£65,000 running costs) to class XI, vote 1 as detailed above; £240,000 for publicity campaigns made up of transfers to class XIII, vote 4—Education, industry, arts and libraries, Scotland—(150,000), Department of Health and Social Services, Northern Ireland (£45,000), class XIV, vote 4—Hospital, community health, family health services and other health services (part), Wales—(£45,000); also a further transfer to class XIV, vote 4 of £234,000 to obtain advice and information about medical devices; £67,000 (running costs) to class XVI, vote 12—Office for National Statistics—for legal services and £15,000 (running costs) to class IV, vote 1—Departmental of Trade and Industry; programmes and administration—for Human Genetics Advisory Committee. The overall reduction is partially offset by a transfer of £72,000 from class XI, vote 1 as mentioned above.293W
The non-voted cash limit for supplementary credit approvals for personal social services—DoH/LACAP—in England is to be increased by £1,305,000 from £14,700,000 to £16,005,000 in respect of the take up of the end-year flexibility entitlement as announced by the Chief Secretary to the Treasury on 12 July 1996 at columns 326–31.
The Department's gross running cost limit will be reduced by £147,000 from £280,204,000 to £280,057,000 as mentioned above.
All increases will either be offset by savings, increased receipts or transfers to or from other Votes or charged to the reserve and will not therefore add to the planned total of public expenditure.