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Departmental Accountancy

Volume 472: debated on Monday 25 February 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what items of her Department's (a) revenue and (b) expenditure are uprated using (i) the consumer prices index, (ii) the retail prices index and (iii) other measures of inflation. (179942)

The Home Office raises revenues from fees for a number of services. These include charges for passports, managed migration and the fees charged by the criminal records bureau. The costs are uprated based on modelling of the future costs of providing these services. This is based on a range of factors including demand projections, the contracts involved and the general rate of inflation.

Expenditure plans on Home Office business are based on business planning in support of the Department's role in leading the Government-wide strategy to counter terrorism in the UK alongside responsibility for policing, crime reduction, borders and immigration, identity and passports. These plans will be based on forecast activities and costs, including the reinvestment of Value for Money gains.