To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security whether there have been any changes to the cash limits or running costs limit of his Department for 1990–91.
Subject to parliamentary approval of the necessary supplementary estimate, the cash limit for class XIV, vote 7 (administration and miscellaneous services) will be increased by £3,080,000 from £1,703,179,000 to £1,706,259,000. The revision takes account of the work involved in the change to capital limits announced by my right hon. Friend the Chancellor of the Exchequer in his Budget statement (£4,520,000); increased activity in the recovery of maintenance payments from liable relatives (£6,750,000); a transfer to the Department of Health (class XIII, vote 3) of £3,561,000; a transfer from Lord Chancellor's Department (class X, vote 1) of £103,000; a transfer from Treasury Solicitors Department (class X, vote 9) of £47,000 and a transfer from Department of the Environment (property holdings) (class VIII, vote 7) of £1,500,000. The additional requirements are partially offset by an increase in receipts from the national insurance fund to the vote of £6,279,000. The balance will be charged to the reserve and will therefore not add to the planned total of public expenditure. As a result of the changes the running costs limit of the Department of Social Security is increased by £7,859,000 from £1,922,467,000 to £1,930,326,000.