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Cash Limits

Volume 973: debated on Thursday 8 November 1979

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TABLE 1
CENTRAL GOVERNMENT ASSIMILATED BLOCKS (4)

Class and Vote number (1)

Accounting Department

Description of expenditure

Percentage of wages and salaries in cash limit (3)

I1Ministry of DefencePay etc. of armed forces and civilians, stores, supplies and miscellaneous services75
I2Ministry of DefenceDefence procurement5
I4Department of the Environment (Property Services Agency)Defence accommodation services10
I5Ministry of DefenceDefence dockyard services55
II1*Foreign and Commonwealth OfficeOverseas representation: diplomatic and consular services65
II2Department of the Environment (Property Services Agency)Overseas representation: accommotion services0
II3Foreign and Commonwealth OfficeBritish Broadcasting Corporation external services55
II4Foreign and Commonwealth OfficeBritish Council35
II5Foreign and Commonwealth OfficeForeign and Commonwealth services0

for the total wage and salary component included under each public expenditure cash limit.

I will arrange for a table to be published in the Official Report.

Can my right hon. Friend confirm that the Government will at no stage put forward proposals to increase the cash limits to accommodate wage settlements in excess of the payroll assumptions set out in those limits?

If the right hon. gentleman is setting a cash limit including pay, will he count that as a pay norm?

No. The statement last week on the public spending White Paper indicated that the figure would refer to cost increases rather than to specific wage increases.

Is it not the case that in large areas of the public sector a cash limit on wages is, in effect, an incomes policy? If the Government are running a public sector incomes policy under the guise of cash limits, they should say so clearly.

Nothing about the Government's cash limits policy bears any comparison with the statutory control of wages undertaken by the previous Government.

Following is the table:

Class and Vote number (1)

Accounting Department

Description of expenditure

Percentage of wages and salaries in cash limit (3)

II8Cabinet OfficeSecret serviceN/A
II10Ministry of Overseas DevelopmentOverseas aid0
II11*Ministry of Overseas DevelopmentOverseas aid administration65
III5Ministry of Agriculture. Fisheries and FoodOther agricultural and food services0
III7*Intervention Board for Agricultural ProduceCentral administration30
III8Ministry of Agriculture. Fisheries and FoodSupport for the fishing industry0
III9Forestry CommissionForestry5
III10*Ministry of Agriculture. Fisheries and FoodDepartmental administration85
IV2Department of IndustryMiscellaneous support services0
IV4Department of TradePay, general administrative expenses, export promotion and trade, co-operation, tourism, regulation of trading practices and other support services50
IV7Department of IndustryScientific and technological assistance15
IV8Department of EnergyIndustrial support0
IV9Department of EnergyScientific and technological assisance, nuclear energy65
IV11*Export Credits Guarantee DepartmentCentral services90
IV13Department of Trade: Consumer AffairsPay, general administrative expenses and consumer protection35
IV14*Friendly Societies RegistryPay and general administrative expenses(2)
IV15*Office of Fair TradingPay and general administrative expenses80
IV16Department of EmploymentLabour market services0
IV18*Department of EmploymentAdvisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service50
IV19Department of EmploymentManpower Services Commission25
IV22*Department of EmploymentDepartmental administration(2)
IV23*Department of IndustryCentral and miscellaneous services(2)
IV24*Department of EnergyAdministration and miscellaneous services(2)
IV25Department of EmploymentHealth and Safety Commission50
VI3Department of TransportRoads etc., England0
VI4Department of TransportTransport services0
VI6Department of TradeShipping and civil aviation services15
VII7*Department of TransportCentral and miscellaneous services(2)
VIII4Department of the EnvironmentCentral environmental services etc.10
VIII6Department of the EnvironmentRoyal palaces, royal parks, historic buildings and ancient monuments20
VIII7*Department of the EnvironmentCentral administration and environmental research70
IX1*Lord Chancellor's DepartmentAdministration of justice: England and Wales(2)
IX13*Treasury SolicitorPay and general administrative expenses90
X4Department of Education and ScienceUniversities etc.60
X6Department of Education and ScienceEducational Services0
X9Department of Education and ScienceLibraries, England40
X11*Department of Education and ScienceCentral administration services90
X12Department of Education and ScienceAgricultural Research Council45
X13Department of Education and ScienceMedical Research Council50
X14Department of Education and ScienceNatural Environment Research Council55
X15Department of Education and ScienceScience Research Council10

Class and Vote number (1)

Accounting Department

Description of expenditure

Percentage of wages and salaries in cash limit (3)

X16Department of Education and ScienceSocial Science Research Council15
X17Trustees of the British Museum (Natural History)British Museum (Natural History)90
X18Department of Education and ScienceOther science etc.0
X19Trustees of the British MuseumBritish Museum70
X20Department of Education and ScienceScience Museum65
X21Department of Education and ScienceVictoria and Albert Museum55
X22Trustees of the Imperial War MuseumImperial War Museum75
X23Trustees of the National GalleryNational Gallery30
X24Trustees of the National Maritime MuseumNational Maritime Museum70
X25Trustees of the National Portrait GalleryNational Portrait Gallery50
X26Trustees of the Tate GalleryTate Gallery50
X27Trustees of the Wallace CollectionWallace Collection90
X30Department of Education and ScienceArts Council and other grants5
XI1Department of Health and Social SecurityHealth and personal social services, England75
XII4*Department of Health and Social SecurityAdministration and miscellaneous services(2)
XIII3*Privy Council OfficePay and general administrative expenses90
XIII4*TreasuryPay and general administrative expenses80
XIII5*Customs and ExcisePay, general administrative expenses and capital expenditure90
XIII6*Board of Inland RevenuePay and general administrative expenses90
XIII7*Department of TransportDriver and vehicle licensing55
XIII9*Exchequer and Audit DepartmentPay and general administrative expenses(2)
XIII10*National Debt OfficePay and general administrative expenses(2)
XIII11*Public Works Loan CommissionPay and general administrative expenses(2)
XIII12*Department for National SavingsPay and general administrative expenses60
XIII15Civil Service DepartmentCentral management of the Civil Service70
XIII16*Public Record OfficePay and general administrative expenses(2)
XIII18*Office of Population Censuses and SurveysPay and general administrative expenses(2)
XIII20*Land RegistryPay and general administrative expenses75
XIII22*Charity CommissionPay and general administrative expenses90
XIII23*Ordnance SurveyPay, general administrative expenses and capital expenditure(2)
XIII24*Cabinet OfficePay and general administrative expenses90
XIII28*Parliamentary Commissioner and Health Service CommissionersPay and general administrative expenses90
XIII29*Public TrusteePay and general administrative expenses(2)
XIV1Department of the Environment (Property Services Agency)Office and general accommodation services5
XIV2*Department of the Environment (Property Services Agency)Administration and miscellaneous services60
XIV3Stationery OfficeStationery and printing35
XIV4Civil Service DepartmentComputers and telecommunications10
XIV5Central Office of InformationPublicity and departmental administration20

Class and Vote number (1)

Accounting Department

Description of expenditure

Percentage of wages and salaries in cash limit (3)

XIV8*Government Actuary's DepartmentPay and general administrative expenses(2)
XIV9Civil Service DepartmentCivil Service catering services(2)
XIV10*Paymaster General's OfficePay and general administrative expenses70
XV2Northern Ireland OfficeLaw, order and protective services15
XV3*Northern Ireland Court ServicesAdministration of justice: Northern Ireland80
XV4*Northern Ireland OfficeCentral and miscellaneous services55
XVII1Department of the EnvironmentRate support grant and supplementary grants to local authorities0
XVII10*Crown Estate OfficePay and administrative expenses90
XVII14Department of TransportTransport supplementary grants: England and Wales0

TABLE 2
CENTRAL GOVERNMENT UNASSIMILATED BLOCKS(4)

Accounting department

Cash block (1)

Description of expenditure

Percentage of wages and salaries in cash limit (3)

Home OfficeHO1*Pay and general administrative expenditure80
Home OfficeHO2Law, order and protective services0
SCOTLAND
Scottish OfficeSO1*Pay and general administrative expenses75
Scottish OfficeSO2Rate support grant for local authorities in Scotland0
Department of Agriculture and Fisheries for ScotlandDAFS1Agricultural services and fisheries support5
Scottish Courts AdministrationSCA1*Pay and general administrative expenses85
Scottish Development DepartmentSDD1Motorways, trunk roads and other environmental services5
Scottish Economic Planning DepartmentSEPD1Regional and industrial development5
SEPD2Manpower Services Commission0
Scottish Education DepartmentSED1Education, libraries and arts5
SED2Social work0
National Library of ScotlandSED3National Library of Scotland70
National Galleries of ScotlandSED4National Galleries of Scotland45
National Museum of Antiquities of ScotlandSED5National Museum of Antiquities Scotland60
Scottish Home and Health DepartmentSHHD1Health65
SHHD2*Law, order and protective services (central support and other services)55
Department of the Registers of ScotlandDRS1*Pay and general administrative expenses(2)
Registrar General's Office, ScotlandRGO(S)1*Pay and general administrative expenses(2)
Scottish Record OfficeSRO1*Pay and general administrative expenses(2)
Queen's and Lord Treasurer's RemembrancerQLTR1*Pay and general administrative expenses95

Accounting department

Cash block (1)

Description of expenditure

Percentage of wages and salaries in cash limit (3)

WALES
Welsh OfficeWO1*Pay and genera administrative expenses0
WO2Health and personal social services, roads, education, libraries, arts, other environmental services and agriculture55
WO3Regional and industrial development0
WO4Manpower Services Commission0

Notes:

(1) Central responsibility for expenditure control is exercised by the Treasury and the Civil Service Department, depending on the nature of the expenditure concerned. Blocks controlled by the Civil Service Department are indicated by an asterisk.
(2) In certain cash limits, indicated by this footnote, the total of wages and salaries expenditure exceeds the cash limit, which is based on expenditure net of receipts.
(3) Percentages are given rounded to the nearest 5 per cent.
(4) Tables 1 and 2 both relate to cash limits on central Government voted expenditure. The cash limits on the capital expenditure of local authorities and other bodies contain little pay. The limits on nationalised industries relate to their external financial requirement.