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Administrative Expenses

Volume 960: debated on Friday 15 December 1978

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asked the Minister of State for the Civil Service whether he will estimate the percentage of each cash limit for 1978-79 for pay and general administrative expenses that is pay alone; whether he will give a breakdown of the general administrative expenses; and whether he will provide comparative figures for previous years.

For those cash blocks for which I have responsibility the following table gives for 1978–79 the

DepartmentCash blockPercentage
Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and FoodMAFF180
Intervention Board for Agricultural ProduceIBAP132
Cabinet OfficeCO192
Central Office of InformationCOI189
Charity CommissionCC190
Crown Estate OfficeCEO188
Customs and ExciseCE189
Department of Education and ScienceDES192
Department of Employment (including DE and ACAS)DEM186
Department of EnergyDEN185
Department of the EnvironmentDOE170
Department of the Environment (Property Services Agency)DOE364
Exchequer and Audit DepartmentEA190
Export Credits Guarantee DepartmentECGD187
Office of Fair TradingOFT181
Foreign and Commonwealth OfficeFCO157
Forestry CommissionFC191
Registry of Friendly SocietiesFSR181
Government Actuary's DepartmentGAD183
Department of Health and Social SecurityDHSS163
Home OfficeHO182
Department of IndustryDl186
Inland RevenueIR189
Land RegistryLR181
Lord Chancellor's DepartmentLCD 182
National Debt OfficeNDO183
Department for National SavingsDNS145
Ordnance SurveyOS168
Overseas Development, Ministry ofODM174
Parliamentary Commissioner and Health Service CommissionerPCHC186
Paymaster General's OfficePMGO166
Office of Population Censuses and SurveysOPCS193
Department of Prices and Consumer ProtectionDPCP186
Privy Council OfficePCO191
Public Record OfficePRO191
Public Trustee OfficePTO195
Public Works Loan CommissionPWLC190
Her Majesty's Stationery OfficeHMSO149
Department of TradeDOT186
Department of TransportDTP164
H.M. TreasuryHMT157
Treasury SolicitorTS192
Scottish OfficeSO188
Scottish Courts AdministrationSCA186
Department of Registers of ScotlandDRS195
Registrar General's Office (Scotland)RGO(S)184
Scottish Record OfficeSRO183
Queen's and Lord Treasurer's RemembrancerQLTR193
Welsh OfficeWO175
Northern Ireland OfficeNIO195
Cash limits are net of receipts. In those cases where the pay element was greater than the net cash limit the percentages shown are based on the gross amounts used in calculating the cash limit. Some cash blocks include expenditure which is neither pay nor general administrative expenses.General administrative expenses cover a wide variety of non-staff expenditure on goods and services and also appears in cash limits which are not my responsibility. For 1978–79 significant components were:

percentage of each cash limit covering pay, including employers' national insurance contributions:


Travel, subsistence and removals25
Payments to common service departments5
Other Post Office services4

In my answer to the hon. Member for St Marylebone (Mr. Baker) on 17th May 1977 I gave comparative figures for 1977–78.—[Vol. 932, c. 85–87.]