§ Jean Corston
To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what changes there are to his Department's departmental expenditure limit. 
§ Mr. Mandelson
Subject to Parliamentary approval of the necessary Revised Spring Supplementary Estimate the Departmental Expenditure Limit for the Northern Ireland Office will be increased by £4,221,000 from £1,025,277,000 to £1,029,498,000. This is to fund406W expenditure arising from the Northern Ireland Act 2000. Pending that approval, expenditure of £4,221,000 will be met by a repayable advance from the Contingencies Fund.
This increase will be offset by a reduction in expenditure of the Northern Ireland Departments and will therefore not add to the total of planned Public Expenditure.