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Departmental Public Expenditure

Volume 486: debated on Monday 12 January 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how his Department’s 2007-08 outturn main estimate breaks down between (a) near cash and (b) non-cash on the same basis as set out in his Answer of 4 March 2008, Official Report, column 2346W. (244576)

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what his Department's expenditure was on schools and community relations, as referred to in his Department's resource account code hierarchy, in near cash terms, in each financial year since 2000-01. (245092)

The total resource costs for schools and community relations are set out in the following table:

Financial year

£ million

















Near cash expenditure is not separately identified in the resource accounts or the centrally held supporting records. Total resource costs have therefore been provided; however it is unlikely that there are any non cash costs attributed to the expenditure items which would result in the near cash expenditure being significantly different from the resource expenditure.

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what his Department’s projections for repayment to the Exchequer for funding for urgent operational requirements are for each financial year for which figures are available. (245107)

The Department’s Comprehensive Spending Review 2007 settlement made provision of £200 million in 2010-11 to meet the cost of repaying to HM Treasury a proportion of urgent operational requirement (UOR) costs in 2008-09, with the aim of ensuring that these arrangements are cost-neutral for the Defence budget. We currently expect UOR repayments in 2010-11 to fall within this £200 million envelope.

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will place in the Library a copy of the latest versions of the cost of defence output categories taxonomy. (245127)

I have placed the most recent version of the Cost of Defence outputs taxonomy in the Library of the House; this was updated in December 2007.

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will place in the Library a copy of his Department’s response to HM Treasury’s consultation paper on accounting for PPP arrangements, including PFI contracts. (245312)

Yes, I have placed a copy of the Department’s responses to HM Treasury’s letters referenced RABIG (2007) 23 entitled “Accounting for PPP Arrangements, including PFI, under IFRS” and RABIG (2008) 03 entitled “Accounting for PPP arrangements, including PFI, under IFRS: text for the IFRS-based Financial Reporting Manual (iFReM)” in the Library of the House.