§ Mr. Sandelson
asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer what changes have been made to cash limits covering capital expenditure on construction in 1977–78 as a result of the various measures to assist the construction industry announced by the Government this year.
§ Mr. Joel Barnett
Expenditure measures designed to assist the construction industry in 1977–78 were announced by the Chancellor on 29th March and 411W 15th July, and by the Minister for Housing and Construction and the Secretaries of State for Wales and Scotland on 2nd May, 20th June and 30th June respectively. In total these measures amount to £236.6 million at current prices, of which part, relating to the expenditure on
£ million New Block Description Cash limit DOE/LA6 Inner Cities construction expenditure … … … … … … 10.9 WO/LA5 Inner Cities construction expenditure … … … … … … 1.2
£ million Existing Block Description Change Revised cash limit DES5 Science budget +0.5 252.8 DOE2 Various central and miscellaneous services 12.1 156.5* DHSS2 Health and personal social services: England +10.0 4,429.9 DAFS1 Agricultural services and fisheries support: Scotland +0.1 31.9 SED1 Schools, etc.: Scotland +0.2 57.1 SHHD1 Health: Scotland +1.0 631.3 SHHD2 Law, order and protective services: Scotland +0.1 12.1 WO2 Motorways, trunk roads and other roads expenditure: Wales +0.5 71.8 WO3 Other environmental services: Wales +0.3 3.8 WO4 Libraries, museums, galleries and other arts: Wales +0.2 3.9 WO5 Health and personal social services: Wales +1.7 270.4 DES/LA1 Education building +10.4 158.3 DOE/LA2 Housing: England +66.5 2,217.8 DHSS/LA1 Capital projects for personal social services: England +2.0 31.4 DTP/LA1 Capital expenditure on roads: England and Wales +3.5 65.4 SO/LA1 Capital expenditure on roads and other transport: Scotland +0.7 89.7 SO/LA2 Capital expenditure on other environmental services, etc.: Scotland +7.6 135.9 SDD/LA1 Housing: Scotland +6.7 318.9 SED/LA1 School building: Scotland +1.1 61.9 SED/LA2 Capital expenditure, social work: Scotland +0.4 7.9 WO/LA1 Housing: Wales +3.7 115.3 WO/LA3 School building: Wales +0.8 5.9 WO/LA4 Capital projects for personal social services: Wales +0.4 2.0 WO/LAW1 Community land scheme: Wales +0.1 4.0 Total 142.7 * Includes £2.3 million reflecting: an addition of £0.5 million made from the contingency reserve to the funds available to the Development Commission; £1.5 million to institute a National Dwellings and Housing Survey—[Official Report, 6th July] and £0.3 million for the transfer of responsibility for research on the urban programme from the Home Office to the Department of the Environment—[Official Report, 6th April]. Cash block HO2 has been correspondingly reduced by £0.3 million to £137.8 million.