HC Deb 02 November 1998 vol 318 c404W
Mr. Sheerman

To ask the Prime Minister what proposals he has to change the Cabinet Office: Security and Intelligence Services cash limits for 1998–99. [58084]

The Prime Minister

Subject to Parliamentary approval of the necessary token Supplementary Estimate, the cash limit for Class XVIII, Vote 2 will be decreased by £237,000 from £708,143,000 to £707,906,000 and the gross running costs limit increased by £148,000 from £375,845,000 to £375,993,000.

This change is to take on board transfers; £193,000 to the Home Office Class VII, Vote 1; £45,000 to the Foreign Office Class II, Vote 1. £148,000 proposed gross running costs increase is to correct an error in the capital charge adjustment.

There will be an increase in Appropriation in Aid of £12,249,000 resulting from changes in accounting procedures and a net increase in other current expenditure payments of £11,279,000.

The increases will be offset by transfers, and will not, therefore, add to the planned total of public expenditure.