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Departmental Cash Limits

Volume 80: debated on Thursday 13 June 1985

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asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science what will be the revised 1985–86 cash limits in his Department's vote to cover the increased provision of additional places in engineering and technology in higher education.

As I announced on 19 March at columns 482–84, the Government are to mount a £43 million programme over the next three years for the provision of additional places for students in higher education to study engineering and technology.

ClassVoteAccounting departmentDescription of expenditureCurrent cash limitIncrease DecreaseRevised cash limit
X2Department of Education & ScienceStudent awards, etc.*695,768+195*695,963
X3Department of Education & ScienceUniversities, etc.1,506,144+6,3771,512,521
X8Department of Education & ScienceScience and engineering research297,960+428298,388
IV5Department of EnergyResearch and development and indu290,174–500289,674
strial support
IV6Department of Trade & IndustryScientific and technological381,483–2.500378,983
XV3Industrial Department for ScotlandRegional and general industrial sup132,802*–1,200131,602
port, Scotland
* Class X vote 2 is not subject to a cash limit.
† Of this reduction £1 million relates to the engineering and technology programme; the remaining £200,000 relates to expected increased receipts from the ERDF in respect of grants to enterprise trusts.
In addition to items listed, a reduction of £500,000 was made by the Welsh Office in the Main Estimate for class XVI, vote 1 (the Welsh block vote covering roads, transport, housing, education etc.) in respect of the transfer of funds for this programme; no revision of the cash limit is therefore required.
There is also a contribution from the Department of Employment (£2,500,000) from non-voted expenditure. It represents part of a public expenditure saving from deferring implementation of an increase in maternity pay from 90 per cent. to 100 per cent. of salary. There will therefore be no change to a DE vote and no revised estimate.