§ Mr. Russell Brown
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if there are any proposals to amend the Inland Revenue Departmental Expenditure Limit and Running Costs Limit for 2000–01. 
§ Dawn Primarolo
The Inland Revenue Departmental Expenditure Limit for 2000–01 will be decreased by £411,000 from £2,230,571,000 to £2,230,160,000. The Inland Revenue Running Cost Limit will also be reduced by £2,911,000 from £2,373,579,000 to £2,370,668,000.
The reduction in DEL and running cost limit reflect an inter-departmental transfer of £450,000 running costs provision to Customs and Excise to enable Customs to meet its main commitments from the Grabiner report into the hidden economy. This is partially offset by a £39,000 transfer from the Department of Social Development (Northern Ireland) for a bookkeeping service they provide in respect of the national insurance fund.
In addition, there is a further reduction in Inland Revenue's Running Cost Limit of £2,500,000 in respect of an intra-departmental transfer to the Valuation Office agency, to deal with more appeals than anticipated arising from the 2000 revaluation and increased legal costs.
§ Barbara Follett
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what changes are proposed to Her Majesty's Treasury's Departmental Expenditure Limit and Running Costs Limits for 2000–01. 303W
§ Dawn Primarolo
Subject to parliamentary approval of the necessary Supplementary Estimate for Class XVI Vote 1 (HM Treasury) and class XVI Vote 2 (HM Treasury: UK Coinage), the Departmental Expenditure Limit for 2000–01 will be increased by£12,940,000 from £264,023,000 to £276,963,000.
The increase for Class XVI Vote 1 (HM Treasury) is the net effect of the take up of running costs EYF (£3,400,000) to meet the additional costs of the Treasury's planned programme of work, and to cover the custody charges for holding collateral on debt management office's behalf generated as part of the investment of the Spectrum proceeds; provides for the transfer of provision from other current to running costs for payments under the framework agreement for Partnerships UK (£4,000,000); and an increase in running costs of £540,000 to draw down the moneys allocated from the civil service modernisation fund for the Royal Mint Trading Fund. The running costs limit for HM Treasury will accordingly be increased by £7,940,000 from £64,064,000 to £72,004,000.
The increase for Class XVI Vote 2 (HM Treasury: UK Coinage) is the net effect of the take up of other current EYF (£9,000,000), to meet the increased demand for UK coins.
The increases will be offset by transfers or charged to the reserve and will not therefore add to the planned total of public expenditure.
§ Mrs. Lawrence
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if there are any proposals to amend the Office for National Statistics Departmental Expenditure Limit and Running Costs Limit for 2000–01. 
§ Miss Melanie Johnson
Subject to parliamentary approval of the necessary Supplementary Estimate for Class XVI, Vote 12 (Office for National Statistics), the DEL will increase by £5,000,000 from £135,166,000 to £140,166,000 and the Running Costs Limit will increase by £5,000,000 from £132,161,000 to £137,161,000.
The changes in Vote 12 are the result of the take up of £5,000,000 of the end-year flexibility entitlement announced by the Chief Secretary to the Treasury in Table 7 of the 1999–2000 Public Expenditure Outturn White Paper (CM 4812) published on 18 July 2000.
The overall increase is made up of increases in running costs provision in Section A of the Vote of £5,000,000; increases in running costs provision in Section B of £2,500,000 to reflect increased demand for certificate sales and surveys, which will be fully met by additional receipts of £2,500,000; and increases in anticipated EC receipts in Section C of £500,000.
§ Mr. Ian Stewart
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what changes are proposed to Her Majesty's Customs and Excise Departmental Expenditure Limit or Running Costs Limit for 2000–01. 
§ Dawn Primarolo
Subject to parliamentary approval of the necessary Supplementary Estimate for Class XVI, Vote 4 (HM Customs and Excise: administration), the Departmental Expenditure Limit (DEL) will be increased by £9,319,000 from £886,858,000 to £896,177,000 and the Running Costs Limit will be decreased by £9,219,000 from £860,957,000 to £851,738,000.304W
The increase in DEL consists of:an additional £450,000 running costs transferred from joint provision held by the Inland Revenue to implement recommendations of the Grabiner report into the hidden economy;an additional £1,550,000 running costs from Customs' share of the civil service modernisation fund; andan additional £1,538,000 other current and £6,000,000 capital from the take up of part of the Department's entitlement to end-year flexibility.
These increases are partly offset by:a decrease in running costs of £99,000 transferred to the Home Office for development funding for drug action teams.
The Department is also proposing a number of other changes within its DEL, including increases in expenditure sub-heads which are entirely matched and offset by additional appropriations in aid, as well as virement of £11,000,000 from running costs and £3,000,000 from capital to cover increased legal and investigative expenditure.
There are no changes to the overall levels of public expenditure as a result of this Supplementary Estimate.