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Customs And Excise

Volume 109: debated on Saturday 2 May 1987

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asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether any changes are proposed in the cash limit and running costs limit for Her Majesty's Customs and Excise.

Subject to parliamentary approval of the necessary supplementary estimate, the cash limit for class XIX vote 2 will be increased by £1,971,000, from £393,768,000 to £395,739,000. This is primarily to cover the cost of increased legal charges falling on the department, and other additional costs associated with drugs investigation work; £161,000 is for work carried out for the Department of Transport whose running costs limit is being reduced by the same amount as announced by the Secretary of State for Transport on 2 February (Official Report, c. 531); £60,000 is for charges raised by the Scottish courts administration whose original estimate incorporated a reduction of that amount; and £1,750,000 will be charged to the reserve. The department's gross running costs limit will be increased by £1,971,000 from £384,123,000 to £386,094,000.