§ Mr. David Davis
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether he is proposing any change to the Central Office of Information cash limit for 1989–90; and whether he is proposing any changes to the services provided on an allied basis by the Central Office of Information for 1989–90.
§ Mr. Ryder
Subject to parliamentary approval of the necessary Supplementary Estimate, the cash limit for class XIX vote I will be increased by £92,000 from £1,181,000 to £1,273,000. The additional expenditure is needed to cover an increase of £92,000 in the cost of existing services provided by the Central Office of Information on an allied service basis to the royal household. The increase in the cash limit will be charged to the reserve and therefore, will not add to the planned total of public expenditure.
In addition, following the transfer of responsibility for the information officer management unit to the Cabinet Office, Office of the Minister for the Civil Service, the running costs limit for the Central Office of Information will be reduced by £186,000 from £22,036,000 to £21,850,000.