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Cash Limits

Volume 86: debated on Monday 11 November 1985

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asked the Secretary of State for Defence what changes he proposes to make to current cash limits for 1985–86.

Subject to parliamentary approval of the necessary Winter Supplementary Estimate, the cash limit for class I vote 1 is reduced by £100,000 from £6,644,842,000 to £6,644,742,000, and the cash limit for a new vote class I vote 6 will be set at £100,000. Vote 6 will provide for necessary preliminary expenditure in connection with the movement to the private sector of Royal Ordnance plc which, as my hon. Friend the Minister of State for Defence Procurement said in answer to the hon. Member for Blackburn (Mr. Straw) on 22 October 1985 at column 141, it is hoped could take place in 1986. No net change in public expenditure is involved.