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PUBLIC EXPENDITURE 1998-99: PROVISIONAL OUTTURN

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The treasury has published the Public Expenditure Outturn White ...
The treasury has published the Public Expenditure Outturn White

Paper (Cm 4416) showing provisional outturn for the Control Total in

1998-99 including information on individual votes, cash limits,

running cost limits and external finance limits for nationalised

industries and other public corporations including trading funds.

This will be the last such White Paper on this basis. For 1999-2000

onwards comparison of outturn will focus on the departmental

expenditure limits and other aggregates within total managed

expenditure operative from this year.

The overall position for 1998-99 shows provisional outturn for the

Control Total of£272.575bn - an underspend of£2,771m

(1.0%) against revised plans (ie adjusted for classification changes

and transfers).

Outturn for the other categories of expenditure covered by the White

Paper are as follows:

Original Final K million

provision/ provision/ Provisional

limits limits outturn

Voted expenditure 215,178 219,028 211,980

Cash limits 144,775 146,985 145,024

Non-voted cash limit 8,744 8,859 8,562

Nationalised industries' EFL 531 602 311

Other public corporations'

inc. trading funds' EFLs 1,602 1,560 1,331

Running cost limits (gross) 13,841 14,444 14,095

Running costs limits (net) -1,074 7,615 4,461

MOD operating costs 16,098 16,610 16,648

There were 2 overspends out of a total of 104 votes; 2 breaches out

of a total of 84 voted cash limits; 1 breach out of a total of 30

non-voted cash limits; 1 breach out of a total of 52 departmental

gross controlled running costs limits; no breaches out of a total of

22 net controlled limits; no breaches out of a total of 9 EFLs for

nationalised industries and 1 out of 40 EFLs for other public

corporations. Details of the procedures to follow in the case of

breaches are given in the White Paper.

Note

1. Of the overall underspend,£700m occurred on programmes

now included within DEL. Departments can carry forward this

underspend together with any unspent carryover from previous years

under previous schemes, into 1999-2000. When departments draw down

spending which has been carried forward in this way this is charged

to the Reserve, and the total underspend on DEL programmes is being

carried forward from 1998-99 into the 1999-2000 DEL Reserve for

this purpose.

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