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Departments: Public Expenditure

Volume 464: debated on Monday 15 October 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what his Department’s (a) administrative expenditure, (b) other current expenditure, (c) grant expenditure, (d) operating appropriations in aid (A in A), (e) capital and (f) non-operating A in A outturn, broken down in (i) near cash and (ii) non-cash terms, was for financial years 2001-02 to 2006-07. (156000)

The Part II: Subhead detail table in Main Estimates for each year provide outturn data for one prior year, but this is only broken down to net total resources for each section in the table.

There are no other published documents that provide a near-cash/non-cash breakdown of this data, though the Public Expenditure Statistical Analyses (PESA) publication (copies of which are in the Library of the House) provides a useful near-cash/non-cash Departmental Expenditure Limit split (see Tables 1.6, 1.7 and 2.1 of PESA 2007 for data for years 2001-02 to 2007-08). However, we have been able to provide a near-cash/non-cash split against administrative expenditure, other current expenditure, grant expenditure, operating appropriations in aid (A in A), capital and non-operating A in A outturn, broken down in near cash and non-cash terms, for financial years 2001-02 to 2006-07 by taking information from our 2006-07 Resource Accounts along with data that underlies our Departmental Report common core tables. This is set out as follows:

Voted expenditure1

£000

2001-02

2002-03

2003-04

2004-05

2005-06

2006-07

Admin

Near-cash

555,613

558,153

599,134

636,571

643,857

697,714

Non-cash2

105,924

145,329

107,053

108,970

170,832

173,664

Other current

551,973

637,936

650,864

678,795

769,687

846,834

Grants

327,125

324,866

376,561

504,656

548,358

545,723

Operating A in A

-165,693

-172,016

-204,322

-244,630

-327,235

-338,417

Capital

95,565

113,428

76,696

85,341

94,490

162,178

Non-operating A in A

-40,898

-17,257

-26,875

-11,674

0

-57,256

1 Data for 2001-02 to 2005-06 is taken from information underlying our Departmental Report common core tables and is on an internally consistent basis. Data for 2006-07 is taken from Resource Accounts. Resource Accounts and Parliamentary Supply Estimates do not completely reflect Treasury re-classifications to previous years. Detailed notes on re-classifications have been provided in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office Annual Reports for the years in question.

2 All non-cash for the above years has been counted as administrative expenditure.

Data taken from Supply Estimates or resource accounts is not necessarily readily compatible with a near-cash/non-cash split, which is used only within the Departmental Expenditure Limit budgetary controls applied by HM Treasury. The ability of Departments to provide such a split will depend partly on the extent of reconciliations between voted provision and budgetary limits.