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Departmental Overspend

Volume 457: debated on Thursday 8 March 2007

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer of 23 February 2007, Official Report, column 981W, how the Department of Health’s resource budget has been reprofiled over the 2004 Spending Review period, as referred to in paragraph C.74 of his 2006 Budget Report; and what the Department of Health’s near-cash budgetary limit was in 2005-06 (a) before and (b) after this reprofiling. (125044)

Chapter 2 of the Public Expenditure Statistical Analyses compares the latest plans for departmental expenditure limited and annually managed expenditure with the plans set out in the previous year. Provisional spending estimates, including resource and near-cash estimates, are published in the Public Expenditure Statistical Analyses and the Public Expenditure Outturns White Paper. These are updated alongside the Budget and pre-Budget report.

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer of 23 February 2007, Official Report, column 980W, whether the Department of Health is required to make up from its near-cash allocations in 2006-07 its overspend of near-cash in 2005-06. (125045)

As set out in the Budget 2006, there has been a re-profiling of the Department of Health’s budgets across the 2004 spending review years. All of the Resource DEL outlined in Budget 2002’s five-year settlement for the NHS has been made available to the NHS.

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer of 23 February 2007, Official Report, column 980W, what his latest estimate is of the Department of Health’s near-cash overspend in the financial year 2005-06. (125046)

I refer the hon. Gentleman to the answer I gave him on 15 January 2007, Official Report, column 841W, and on 23 February 2007, Official Report, column 980W.

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer of 23 February 2007, Official Report, column 980W, on departmental spending, whether the Department of Health’s near-cash expenditure limit for 2005-06 was increased from the £71,572 million given in Public Expenditure Statistical Analyses 2005; and if he will make a statement. (125049)

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.