HC Deb 09 November 1999 vol 337 cc513-4W
Ms Lawrence

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what changes are proposed to the Inland Revenue's Departmental Expenditure Limit and running costs limit for 1999–2000. [97919]

Dawn Primarolo

Subject to parliamentary approval of the Supplementary Estimates for Class XVI, Votes 4 and 5 (Inland Revenue and Valuation Office Agency) the Inland Revenue Departmental Expenditure Limit for 1999–2000 will be increased by £297,235,000 from £1,871,226,000 to £2,168,461,000. The Inland Revenue running cost limit will also be increased by £28,351,000 from £2,140,489,000 to £2,168,840,000.

The increase is due to the transfer to the Inland Revenue of the Contributions Agency and the National Insurance Fund funded by transfers from DSS and DHSS(NI) and the take up of end year flexibility of £950,000 by the Valuation Office.

The increase will be offset by transfers or charged to the DEL Reserve and will not add therefore to the planned total of public expenditure.