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Spring Supplementary Estimate 2006-07

Volume 457: debated on Friday 23 February 2007

Subject to parliamentary approval of any necessary supplementary estimate, the Department for Constitutional Affairs, Northern Ireland Court Service and National Archives: Public Records Office and Historical Manuscripts Commission total departmental expenditure limit (DEL) will be increased by £40,811 from £4,061,782,000 to £4,102,593 and the administration costs limit will be increased by £1,849 from £574,473 to £576,322

Within the DEL change, the impact on resources and capital are as set out in the following table:

£’000s

Changes

New DEL

Voted

Non-voted

Voted

Non-voted

Total

Resource DEL:

42,105

-899

1,797,623

2,247,127

4,044,750

Of which:

Administration

1,849

0

576,322

0

576,322

Near cash in RDEL

-15,343

38,348

1,476,799

2,367,603

3,844,402

Capital

-395

0

189,299

2,000

191,299

Depreciation*

0

0

-133,435

-21

-133,456

Total

41,710

-899

1,853,487

2,249,106

4,102,593

*Depreciation, which forms part of resource DEL, is excluded from the total DEL since capital DEL includes capital spending and to include depreciation of those assets would lead to double counting.

The change in the resource element of the Department for Constitutional Affairs DEL arises from:

Resource Change: Admin (total increase of £2,272,000)

RfR1

Take up of End-Year Flexibility (EYF):

(i) £1,600,000 additional resources as near cash (admin) in relation to additional costs associated with LIBRA and ARAM IS contracts. A draw down of The National Archives EYF entitlement.

Other Increase:

(ii) £672,000 increase in resource from the Cabinet Office to cover the move to a hard-charging regime for costs of the Parliamentary Council Office.

Resource Change: Programme (total increase of £6,592,000)

RfR1

Take up of End-Year Flexibility (EYF):

(i) £4,400,000 additional resources as near cash in relation to additional costs associated with LIBRA and ARAMIS contracts. A draw down of DCA’s EYF entitlement.

Other Increase:

(ii) £1,460,000 for compensation of implementation of Custody Plus, from the Home Office,

(iii) £119,000 for CJS Training Costs (HMCS) for Custody Plus, from the Home Office,

(iv) £129,000 for CJIT costs incurred on the Bichard Recommendation IT solution project, from the Home Office.

(v) £460,000 in relation to PROGRESS, from Crown Prosecution Service,

(vi) £24,000 in relation to CJS Training Costs (DCA HQ) for Custody Plus, from Home Office.

Resource Change: Admin (total decrease of £500,000)

RfR1

(i) A reduction in resource spending (£500,000—admin costs) to facilitate spending on minor works within The National Archives. This is offset in budgetary terms by a reallocation of DEL cover from within the Department of Constitutional Affairs group.

Resource Change: Programme (total decrease of £13,189,000)

Other Decrease:

(i) A reallocation in resource DEL (£1,000,000) to Department for Communities and Local Government in respect of Commission for Equality and Human Rights,

(ii) A reduction in resource DEL (£1,190,000) and a reallocation to the National Assembly for Wales for spending on the extra burdens for Local Authorities arising from the Electoral Administration Act 2006.

(iii) A reduction in resource DEL (£2,000,000) and reallocation to Home Office in relation to Local Criminal Justice Boards.

(iv) A reduction in resource DEL (£334,000) and re-allocation to Home Office for spending on the Site Acceptance Testing Environment,

(v) A reduction in resource DEL (£2,500,000) and re-allocation to Home Office for spending on the NES IT Programme Pathfinder Phase,

(vi) A reduction in resource DEL (£165,000) and re-allocation to Home Office for, spending on PROGRESS.

(vii) A reduction in spending (£6,000,000) and reallocation of resource DEL to Home Office in respect of Single Asylum Fund.

Resource Change: Admin (total increase of £77,000)

RfR2

Other Increase:

(i) An increase in resources (£76,000—admin) to Scotland Office. A transfer from the Scottish Executive,

(ii) An increase in resources (£1,000) in relation to a token vote.

Resource Change: Programme (total increase of £19,000,000)

Take up of End-Year Flexibility (EYF):

(i) Additional non-voted resources (£3,000,000) to cover spending on elections. A draw down of non-voted DEL EYF to the Scotland Office.

Other Increase:

(ii) An increase in non-voted resources (£16,000,000) to cover spending on elections. A transfer from the Scottish Assembly.

The change in the resource element of the Northern Ireland Court Service DEL arises from:

Resource Change: Programme (total increase of £454,000)

Take up of End-Year Flexibility (EYF):

(i) Additional grant (£454,000) payable to the Northern Ireland Legal Services Commission (NILSC) for expenditure on publicly funded Legal Services.

Non-Voted Budget Change: Non-Cash (total increase of £26,000,000)

Other Increases:

(i) Additional non-cash draw down (£26,000,000) from the Department for Constitutional Affairs EYF in respect of the non-cash resource consumption of the NILSC. This arises from a revised forecast of the NILSC's resource requirement for 2006-07.

The change in the resource element of The National Archives DEL arises from:

Resource Change: Admin (total increase of £500,000)

Other Increases:

(i) £500,000 net resources resulting from a switch from Capital to Resource spend offset by switch within The Department for Constitutional Affairs to facilitate spending on minor works.

The change in the capital element of the Department for Constitutional Affairs DEL arises from:

Capital Change (total increase of £670,000)

RfR1

Transfer from Other Government Departments:

(i) Increase in capital (£170,000) to reflect a reallocation of CJIT capital from Home Office.

Other Increases:

(ii) Increase in capital spending (£500,000). This is offset in budgetary terms by a reallocation of DEL cover from within the Department for Constitutional Affairs group.

Capital Change (total decrease of £565,000)

Other Increases:

(i) A reduction in capital DEL (£258,000) in relation to CJIT ring-fenced funding transferred to Home Office for spending on the Site Acceptance Testing Environment.

(ii) A reduction in capital DEL (£307,000) in relation to CJIT ring-fenced funding transferred to Home Office for spending on PROGRESS.

There is no change in the capital element of the Northern Ireland Court Service DEL

The change in the capital element of The National Archives DEL arises from: Capital Change (total decrease of £500,000.)

Other Decreases:

(i) A reduction in capital spending (£500,000) resulting from Capital to Resource spend offset by switch within the Department for Constitutional Affairs to facilitate spending on minor works.