asked the Secretary of State for Social Services whether any changes will be made to cash limits or gross running cost limits for the Department of Health and Social Security.
Subject to parliamentary approval of the necessary Supplementary Estimates, the following changes will be made:
As a result of these changes, the gross running cost limit of the Department of Health and Social Security is increased by £1,635,000 from £1,699,178,000 to £1,700,813,000.The public expenditure costs of these changes have been charged to the Reserve and do not add to the public expenditure planning total.The cash limit for class XIV, vote 1 (Hospital and Community Health and Other Services, England) will be increased by £262,060,000 (from £10,078,558,000 to £10,340,618,000) and that for class XIV, vote 3 (Miscellaneous Health and Personal Social Services, England) by £1,940,000 (from £397,724,000 to £399,664,000). These increases should enable services to continue to be delivered and developed as planned following the decision to implement, from 1 April 1987, the recommendations of the review bodies in respect of doctors, dentists, nurses, midwives and professions allied to medicine, as announced by my right hon. Friend the Prime Minister on 23 April 1987.