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Departmental Overspend

Volume 457: debated on Friday 23 February 2007

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether his Department is required to make up from its near-cash allocation in 2006-07 its overspend of near-cash in 2005-06. (117240)

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer of 15 January 2007, Official Report, column 841W, on departmental overspend, what measures he (a) had in place in 2005-06 and (b) has in place in 2006-07 to prevent Departments overspending their near-cash resource budgets. (117265)

HM Treasury regularly monitors departmental spending against all control totals and discusses management of spending pressures with departments as a matter of course.

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer of 15 January 2007, Official Report, column 841W, on departmental overspend, what the Department of Health's near-cash resource spending limit was in 2005-06; and what his latest estimate is of the Department of Health's near-cash resource spending in 2005-06. (117266)

Provisional near-cash spending estimates are published in the Public Expenditure Statistical Analyses and the Public Expenditure Outturns White Paper, and are updated alongside the Budget and pre-Budget report.

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer of 15 January 2007, Official Report, column 841W, on departmental overspend, whether he authorised the Department of Health to switch funds from non-cash to near-cash in 2005-06. (117402)

As set out in the Budget 2006, there was a re-profiling of the Department of Health's resource budget in the 2004 spending review years along with a number of routine and technical changes.