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Departmental Public Expenditure

Volume 476: debated on Monday 2 June 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the anticipated operating and non-operating appropriations in aid are for each year of the comprehensive spending review; and whether they were included in the near cash resource and capital departmental expenditure limits given in his answer of 10 September 2007, Official Report, column 1893W, on Departments: public expenditure. (191685)

Anticipated operating and non-operating appropriations in aid are published in Departmental Estimates. Operating and non-operating appropriations in aid were included in the 2006-07 outturn figures quoted in my answer of 10 September 2007, Official Report, column 1893W.

Substantive answer from Bob Ainsworth to Gerald Howarth:

Thank you for your letter of 27 March following my response to your Parliamentary Question on 5 March 2008 (Official Report, col 2557-8W) about departmental expenditure. I apologise for the delay in replying.

In your original question you referred to my answer of 10 September (Official Report Column 1893W). I answered two questions from you on departmental expenditure on that day and regrettably the wrong Hansard reference was referred to in my reply.

In answer to your question, the estimated Appropriations-in-Aid for the CSR years are as follows:

£ million

Operating

Non operating

2008-09

1,243

300

2009-10

1,277

200

2010-11

1,312

283

These anticipated receipts were taken in account when setting our near cash and capital departmental expenditure limits given in my answer of 10th September. It should be noted that these are estimates and are subject to a number of changeable factors (e.g. property prices and levels of assets disposals). I will place a copy of this letter in the Library of the House.

I apologise for the inconvenience this has caused.