§ Mr. Waller
To ask the Secretary of State for Employment whether any change will be made to his Department's cash limits or running costs limits for 1990–91.
[pursuant to his reply, 8 November 1990, c. 10]: Subject to parliamentary approval of the necessary supplementary estimates, the following further changes will be made:
The cash limit for class VI, vote 1 (training and enterprise programmes) will be reduced by £152,233,000 from £2,452,338,000 to £2,300,105,000. Of this reduction, £145,000,000 will be transferred to class VI, vote 2 to offset a £132,400,000 increase in European social fund payments to third parties and a number of other minor changes. In addition £4,217,000 is transferred to class VI, vote 5 for the sale of the STA. Further transfers result in a net decrease of £3,016,000.687W
The cash limit for class VI, vote 2 (other programmes and central services), will be increased by £10,830,000 from £214,197,000 to £225,027,000. This increase is offset by a reduction on the class VI, vote I cash limit.
The cash limit for class VI, vote 3 (employment service), will be increased by £24,000 from £415,304,000 to £415,328,000. This increase is offset by reductions on class VI, vote 1. The changes include the transfer of £658,000 from class VI, vote 1 in connection with the transfer of the employment rehabilitation service and increased provision of £93,000 for additional statistical work on the RPI. These increases are partly offset by receipts from the CSO and increased receipts as a result of the employment service revenue generation scheme.
The cash limit for class VI, vote 4 (Health and Safety Commission and Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service), will increase by £1,242,000 from £137,211,000 to £138,453,000. This increase is offset by a reduction of the cash limit on class VI, vote 1. The main changes relate to a transfer of £1,500,000 from class VI, vote 1 to pay for higher staff relocation costs and the effects of the transfer of the railway inspectorate. These increases are partly offset by higher receipts.
The cash limit for class VI, vote 5 (Sale of Skills Training Agency), will increase by £4,217,000 from a token £1,000 to £4,218,000. This increase is offset by reductions in the cash limit on class VI, vote 1. The increase is to fund the main sale expenditure of the Skills Training Agency, and to reflect a reduction in receipts due to delays in the sale of properties and leases.
As a result of these changes, the DE group cash limits will fall by £135,920,000. However, public expenditure will reduce by only £3,520,000 because the £132,400,000 increase in ESF payments to third parties shown on class VI, vote 2 is due to its receipts which do not score in DE's cash limits but are included in public expenditure totals.
The running costs limit for the Department of Employment (Votes 1,2,3 and 5) will be increased by £25,726,000 from £916,267,000 to £941,993,000.
The running costs limit for the Health and Safety Commission will increase by £1,680,000 from £100,621,000 to £102,301,000.
These increases are within the forecast outturn for the planning total published today in the statistical supplement to the 1990 autumn statement.