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Development Commission

Volume 86: debated on Monday 11 November 1985

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asked the Secretary of State for the Environment what is the level of his Department's grant in aid to the Development Commission; and if he will make a statement.

The Development Commission's grant in aid for 1985–86 is £24·901 million. Subject to Parliamentary approval of the necessary Supplementary Estimate I propose to increase by £3·15 million the Development Commission's grant-in-aid for provision of factory premises and to meet the liability to pay corporation tax. For this purpose the cash limit for class VIII, Vote 2 has been increased by £3·15 million from £144,575,000 to £147,725,000. The increase is more than offset by a reduction of £5·119 million in the cash limit for class VIII, Vote 5 from £148,532,000 to £143,413,000 arising from savings I have made in research and administration costs and will, therefore, not add to the planning total of public expenditure.