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Departments: Public Expenditure

Volume 464: debated on Tuesday 16 October 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will break down in (a) near cash and (b) non-cash terms columns 1 to 8 of the subhead detail tables for his Department contained in the (i) main estimate, (ii) winter supplementary estimate and (iii) spring supplementary estimate for financial years 2001-02 to 2007-08. (155999)

The information in the Part II: Subhead detail table of our Supply Estimates is not broken down by near-cash/non-cash. 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 have been placed in the Library of the House) provides a useful near-cash/non-cash Departmental Expenditure Limit split (DEL) (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 the columns in the Part II: Subhead detail table in our estimate by showing the non-cash items for each estimate against the relevant column. All other columns are near-cash.

Columns 1 to 8 of the subhead detail tables for the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) contained in the main estimate, winter supplementary estimate and spring supplementary estimate for financial years 2001-02 to 2007-08 are all near-cash except where shown in the following table:

£000

Main estimate

Winter supplementary

Spring supplementary

2001-02

Admin column

1,389,060

1

882,764

Of which non-cash

145,895

166,945

2002-03

Admin column

891,810

1

1,022,907

Of which non-cash

176,483

247,735

2003-04

Admin column

958,872

1

1,095,859

Of which non-cash

172,089

197,246

2004-05

Admin column

951,613

842,490

861,270

Of which non-cash

162,313

162,313

162,313

2005-06

Admin column

894,469

894,469

933,908

Of which non-cash

176,719

176,719

188,411

2006-07

Admin column

928,228

943,069

977,836

Of which non-cash

156,719

156,719

148,719

2007-08

Admin column

955,007

1

1

Of which non-cash

156,719

Other current column

824,868

Of which non-cash

50,000

1 No estimate taken.

The aforementioned data is HM Treasury re-classifications and so will be on a different basis year on year. Detailed notes on reclassifications have been provided in the FCO Annual Reports for the years in question.

Data taken from Supply Estimates or resource accounts are not necessarily readily compatible with a near-cash/non-cash split, which is used only within the DEL 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.