[holding answer 13 March 2007]: The designate NPIA chair and chief executive have met my right hon. Friend the Home Secretary and I on a regular basis over the last six months and the NPIA budget for 2007-08 has been an item for discussion on several of those occasions.
The NPIA chief executive designate and director of resources have been fully consulted during the financial planning round and the provisional budget delegated to the NPIA on 28 February reflected those discussions with the NPIA.
[holding answer 13 March 2007]: The Home Office issued the NPIA with a provisional 2007-08 budget delegation on 28 February and a formal delegation to the NPIA will take place once a number of residual issues around overhead costs transferring from the Home Office have been resolved.
The NPIA shadow board discussed the provisional budget at their meeting on 2 March and agreed savings initiatives required by the NPIA to enable the agency to deliver its programme of work within the budget available and subject to resolution of the residual issues mentioned above. The Home Office is satisfied that the budget delegated will meet the agency’s requirements for its first year of operation.