To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will express the totals and sub-totals for planned expenditure given in the cash plans published in Cm 1909 in real terms as well as cash terms.
The information requested is as follows. The real term figures are expressed in 1990–91 prices using the gross domestic product deflator.
The difference of £115 million between 1991–92 expenditure plans for the prisons as shown in Cm 1909 and estimated outturn as shown in Cm 1509 is because there has been additional expenditure to pay for the cost of keeping prisoners in police cells, mainly due to an increase in prison population. Extra expenditure was also necessary to meet the construction costs of new prisons, due mainly to slippage in the programme, claims from contractors and the accelerated integral sanitation programme.Expenditure on the police has risen because estimated outturn now includes £3 million representing the cost of superannuation in the charges made for services and £4 million to meet the cost of centralising the provision of an existing service. The Forensic Science Service estimated outturn also now includes £2 million for the cost of superannuation. The increase of £3 million for miscellaneous services is mainly due to higher than anticipated levels of transfer values and pensions payments.The increase of £13 million for immigration and citizenship is mainly attributable to the increased resources made available in the summer supplementary estimate (HC486) for the processing of asylum applications. This also accounts for the £1 million increase for community services, which covers grants to organisations assisting asylum seekers. The £1 million reduction in the estimated outturn for other broadcasting is due to the changed requirements of the loan to the Radio Authority.Other changes to the distribution of central Government's own expenditure are caused by reallocations of resources within the overall total.
|1991 Departmental Report||1992 Departmental Report||Changes|
|£ million||£ million||£ million||£ million||£ million||Per cent.||£ million||Per cent.|
|Forensic Science Agency||0||0||1||2||1||(—)||2||(—)|
|Criminal Injuries Compensation||130||140||137||150||7||(5)||10||(7)|
|Probation and Aftercare||60||60||68||80||8||(13)||20||(33)|
|Immigration and Citizenship||120||140||166||199||46||(38)||59||(42)|
|Total Central Government||2,000||2,060||2,227||2,376||227||(11)||316||(15)|
|Central Government grants to local authorities|
|Total Central Government grants to local authorities||3,480||3,720||3,604||3,846||124||(4)||126||(3)|
The total increases of £168 million in central Government current grants to local authorities are attributable to changed local authority estimates of expenditure and to grant adjustments for previous years. The only difference in the outturn for capital grant is to cover an increase of £1 million in capital expenditure by the Metropolitan police, and was authorised by the summer supplementary estimate (HC486).
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what effect the rise in the estimate of outturn for 1991–92, as recorded in Cm 1909, will have on his Department's expenditure plans for 1992–93.
Some of the developments affecting estimated outturn for 1991–92 can be expected to become a regular feature of the Department's expenditure. To the extent consistent with the resources available to my Department, such developments have been taken into account in planning expenditure in 1992–93.
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what differences there are between the planned outturns for 1992–93 and 1993–94 and the planned expenditure for those years as recorded in last year's annual report; and what are the reasons for these differences.
1991 Departmental Report
1992 Departmental Report
|Total Central Government support to local authorities||3,610||3,860||3,753||4,007||143||(4)||147||(4)|
|Total Home Office||5,610||5,920||5,981||6,384||371||(7)||464||(8)|
1 Figure shown is an amalgamation of both the Fire Service College and Other Fire, which are shown separately in the 1992 Departmental Report.
The main reasons for these differences are that additional provision has been made for extra police manpower; improved security and the ending of slopping out in prisons; increased expenditure to implement the Criminal Justice Act 1991 and continue the programme of diverting offenders from custody; and strengthening the immigration control system. Further details were given in the House Office news release accompanying the Home Office aspects of the Chancellor of the Exchequer's 1991 autumn statement. A copy of this news release was placed in the Library.
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what additional commitments which will involve spending in the years after 1994–95 he has undertaken since the publication of his Department's 1991 annual report.
In June 1991, I announced the appointment of Mr. Anthony Mullett, QPM as director-designate of the National Criminal Intelligence Service. The service will become operational on 1 April 1992 and will bring together a number of national units
|1990–91 outturn||1991–92 estimated outturn||Change||Change after gross domestic product deflator|
|£ million||£ million||per cent.||per cent.|
|Forensic Science Service||18·0||2·0||-89||-89|
|Fire Service College||8·0||6·0||-25||-33|
|Court Services etc·||22·0||26·0||18||8|
|Criminal Injuries Compensation||100·0||119·0||19||11|
|Probation and Aftercare||39·0||49·0||26||17|
|Immigration and Citizenship||91·0||118·0||30||22|
|Local Authority Services|
|Emergency Planning 1||22·8||26·8||18||10|
|Commonwealth Immigrants 2||135·5||4 116·7||-14||-20|
such as the national drugs intelligence unit and the Interpol bureau, together with several national intelligence functions at present performed by the Metropolitan police.
The Home Office will be responsible for meeting the United Kingdom's share of the cost of a new Europe-wide, computer-based information system for immigration control purposes (the European information system).
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what strategies he has to constrain expenditure if pay increases in 1992–93 are greater than allowed in departmental running costs plans.
If pay increases in 1992–93 are greater than allowed in my Department's running costs plans. I will reconsider my priorities and seek offsetting savings.
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what changes there have been in the 1991–92 estimated outturn compared with the 1990–91 outturn in (a) percentage terms and (b) after adjustment for the gross domestic product deflator.
1 Current, capital and special grants, and credit approvals.
2 Current grants
3 Credit approvals.
4 Due to a change from paying grant in advance to paying grant in arrears, only three quarterly payments have been made during 1991–92.
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what procedures his Department has for keeping itself informed of the regional distribution of its expenditure and for correcting any significant unintended imbalances which appear.
The nature of Home Office services is such that their provision is generally demand-led, and as the greater part of Home Office expenditure takes the form of grants to local authorities, the mechanism for achieving a fair distribution is inherently self-regulating. So far as the Home Office's own direct expenditure is concerned, it would not he feasible to adopt a policy of ensuring that such expenditure is divided proportionately between the regions because other considerations must take precedence in determining the distribution of resources. In the Prison Service, however, the vote is constructed broadly on the basis of regional structure, and each region bids for its own funds. The financial management system records expenditure against regional budgets. The position is monitored regularly by the central finance committee, which will adjust any imbalance by virement and/or by means of a supplementary estimate.