§ Mr. Cohen
asked the Secretary of State for Wales what is his Department's policy towards fees for subject access346W
operational plans at the start of the year. There are particular difficulties in Gwynedd, but while minor overspendings on programmes have also been reported in Clwyd, East Dyfed, Gwent, Mid Glamorgan, Pembrokeshire, West Glamorgan and the Welsh Health Common Services Authority, it is not expected that these authorities will exceed their cash allocations this year.
In all cases, authorities have a statutory duty to keep their cash spending each year within allocated resources; they must therefore take action to ensure that cash limits are not breached. As in the case of Gwynedd, the Department is prepared to assist by providing temporary cash loans to prevent any breach of cash limits until spending is brought back under control.