HC Deb 02 November 1998 vol 318 c299W
Dr. Vis

To ask the Attorney-General what changes he proposes for the Crown Prosecution Service's cash and running costs limits for 1998–99. [58160]

The Attorney-General

Subject to parliamentary approval of the necessary supplementary estimate, the cash limit for Class VIII Vote 4 will be increased by £8,253,000 from £220,673,000 to £228,926,000 and the gross running costs limit for Class VIII Vote 4 will be increased by £4,153,000 from £216,767,000 to £220,920,000.

The cash limit increase of £8,253,000 includes funding to meet the transitional costs of the internal reforms set out in the Glidewell report "The Review of the Crown Prosecution Service", published in June 1998 (Cm 3960).

It also provides for further rationalisation of the department's estate and the implementation of a number of criminal justice initiatives including those arising from the Crime and Disorder Act 1998.

The increases will be offset by a transfer of £1,153,000 from the Home Office, the take up of £1,800,000 of the department's end year flexibility of £3,400,000, as announced by the Chief Secretary to the Treasury on 14 July 1998, Official Report, columns 131–36, and a charge of £5,300,000 to the Reserve. It will not, therefore, add to the planned total of public expenditure.