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Construction Industry

Volume 939: debated on Friday 18 November 1977

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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.

Expenditure measures designed to assist the construction industry in 1977–78 were announced by the Chancellor on 29th March and 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 BlockDescriptionCash limit
DOE/LA6Inner Cities construction expenditure10·9
WO/LA5Inner Cities construction expenditure1·2
£ million
Existing BlockDescriptionChangeRevised cash limit
DES5Science budget+0·5252·8
DOE2Various central and miscellaneous services12·1156·5*
DHSS2Health and personal social services: England+10·04,429·9
DAFS1Agricultural services and fisheries support: Scotland+0·131·9
SED1Schools, etc.: Scotland+0·257·1
SHHD1Health: Scotland+1·0631·3
SHHD2Law, order and protective services: Scotland+0·112·1
WO2Motorways, trunk roads and other roads expenditure: Wales+0·571·8
WO3Other environmental services: Wales+0·33·8
WO4Libraries, museums, galleries and other arts: Wales+0·23·9
WO5Health and personal social services: Wales+1·7270·4
DES/LA1Education building+10·4158·3
DOE/LA2Housing: England+66·52,217·8
DHSS/LA1Capital projects for personal social services: England+2·031·4
DTP/LA1Capital expenditure on roads: England and Wales+3·565·4
SO/LA1Capital expenditure on roads and other transport: Scotland+0·789·7
SO/LA2Capital expenditure on other environmental services, etc.: Scotland+7·6135·9
SDD/LA1Housing: Scotland+6·7318·9
SED/LA1School building: Scotland+1·161·9
SED/LA2Capital expenditure, social work: Scotland+0·47·9
WO/LA1Housing: Wales+3·7115·3
WO/LA3School building: Wales+0·85·9
WO/LA4Capital projects for personal social services: Wales+0·42·0
WO/LAW1Community land scheme: Wales+0·14·0
* 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.