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Departmental Expenditure Limits

Volume 487: debated on Thursday 12 February 2009

Subject to parliamentary approval of any necessary Supplementary Estimate, the UK Statistics Authority’s total departmental expenditure limit (DEL) will be increased by £200,000 from £216,865,000 to £217,065,000, and the programme budget will be increased by £200,000.

Within the DEL change, the impact on resources and capital is as set out in the following table.

£000

Change

New DEL

Voted

Non-voted

Voted

Non-voted

Total

Resource DEL

6,200

-6,000

217,065

217,065

Of which:

Administration Budget1

Near-cash in RDEL

6,800

-7,000

181,565

15,000

196,565

Capital2

21,000

21,000

Less depreciation3

-1,885

-18,385

-18,385

Total

4,315

-6,000

219,680

219,680

1 The total of ‘Administration Budget’ and ‘Near-cash in Resource DEL’ figures may well be greater than total resource DEL, due to the definitions overlapping.

2 Capital DEL includes items treated as resource in estimates and accounts but which are treated as Capital DEL in budgets.

3 Depreciation, which forms part of resource DEL, is excluded from the total DEL since capital DEL includes capital spending and to include depreciation of those assets would lead to double counting.

The change in the resource element of DEL arises from:

Public Expenditure Survey transfers from other Government Department in support of migration statistics.

The take up of departmental unallocated provision (DUP) of £6,000,000 in order to finance in-year pressures and to meet new priorities.

The change in the programme budget arises from transfer from other Government Department of £200,000 and the draw down of £6,000,000 of DUP.

Subject to parliamentary approval of the Spring Supplementary Estimate 2008-09, the Cabinet Office total Departmental Expenditure Limit (DEL) will be increased by £50,980,000 from £357,896,000 to £408,876,000.

The impact on resources and capital is set out in the following table:

£000

Winter supplementary estimate DEL

Changes

Spring supplementary estimate new DEL

Voted

Non voted

Total

Voted

Non voted

Total

Voted

Non voted

Total

Resource DEL

304,681

37,476

342,157

+48,725

-50

+48,675

353,406

37,426

390,832

Of which:

Administration budget

203,250

203,250

-27,238

-27,238

176,012

176,012

Near cash in RDEL

260,874

38,591

299,465

+46,725

-35

+46,690

307,599

38,556

346,155

Capital DEL1

48,541

1,050

49,591

+4,255

+50

+4,305

52,796

1,100

53,896

Depreciation2

-33,852

-33,852

-2,000

-2,000

-35,852

-35,852

Total DEL

319,370

38,526

357,896

+50,980

+50,980

370,350

38,526

408,876

1 Capital DEL includes items treated as resource in Estimates and accounts but which are treated as capital DEL in budgets.

2 Depreciation, which forms part of resource DEL, is excluded from the total DEL since capital DEL includes capital spending and to include depreciation of those assets would lead to double counting.

Summary of Changes in DEL

The change in the resource element of DEL, an increase of £48.675 million, comprises £37.195 million agreed claims on the Reserve, a £0.165 million take up of End Year Flexibility, £12.312 million transfers of budgetary cover from/to other Government Departments and £0.997 million transfers to Capital DEL.

The change in the capital element of DEL, an increase of £4.305 million, comprises a £3.308 million take up of End year Flexibility and £0.997 million transfers from Resource DEL.

Changes in Resource DEL (RDEL)

The changes which result in a net increase in Resource DEL (RDEL) of £48,675,000 are as follows:

Agreed Claims on the Reserve

A drawdown from the Reserve for v Matched Funding for the Office of the Third Sector to cover grant expenditure increases Resource DEL and Net Cash Requirement by £13,000,000.

A drawdown from the Reserve for the Invest to Save Budget (ISB) for the Office of the Third Sector to cover grant expenditure increases Resource DEL and Net Cash Requirement by £916,000.

A drawdown on the reserve for the Grassroots Grant programme increases Resource DEL and Net Cash Requirement by £23,279,000.

End year Flexibility

A take up of End Year Flexibility (EYF) for the Invest to Save Budget (ISB) for the Office of the Third Sector increases Resource DEL and Net Cash Requirement by £165,000.

Budget cover transfers outwards

Transfers to other Government Departments to cover the costs of the Office of the Parliamentary Counsel reduces Resource DEL and net Cash Requirement by £1,728,000.

Budget cover transfers inwards

A transfer from the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) to cover the costs of i Monitoring Security Co-ordination Centre (iMSCC) increases Resource DEL and Net Cash Requirement by £40,000.

A transfer from the Security and Intelligence Agencies to cover the costs of the SCOPE programme increases Non Cash Resource DEL by £14,000,000.

Transfers from Voted Resource to Capital DEL

A transfer from Voted Resource DEL to Capital DEL increases the Capital Budget by £947,000 and consists of the following: a £60,000 transfer from the House of Lords Appointments Commission Resource DEL to cover the costs of redeveloping the appointments database, a £750,000 transfer from the core Cabinet Office Resource DEL to enhance the computer system that supports the Civil Service Pensions and a £137,000 transfer from the core Cabinet Office Resource DEL to cover expenditure on projects implementing security measures.

Transfer from Non-Voted Resource to Capital DEL

The Commission for the Compact Limited, an executive NDPB, has arranged to transfer £50,000 of its Non-Voted Resource DEL to Capital DEL to cover expenditure on office equipment.

Changes in Capital DEL (CDEL)

The changes which result in a net increase in capital DEL (CDEL) of £4,305,000 are as follows:

End Year Flexibility

A take up of End Year Flexibility for the Government Security Zone to cover accounting adjustments on capital grants increases Capital DEL by £3,308,000; there is no corresponding increase in net Cash Requirement.

Transfers from Voted and Non-Voted Resource to Capital DEL

A transfer from Voted and Non-Voted Resource DEL to Capital DEL increases the Capital Budget by £997,000 as previously described in the section Changes in Resource DEL.

Spring Supplementary Estimate 2008-09: Charity Commission

Plans to change the Charity Commission’s Departmental Expenditure Limit (DEL) and administration budget for 2008-09.

Subject to Parliamentary approval of any necessary Supplementary Estimate, the Charity Commission total DEL will be increased by £1,850,000 from £30,852,000 to £32,702,000. Within the total DEL change, the impact on resources and capital is as set out in the following table:

Departmental expenditure limits and administration budget

£000

Change

New DEL

Voted

Non-voted

Voted

Non-voted

Total

Resource DEL

1,450

__

32,422

__

32,422

Of which1:

Administration budget

1,450

32,422

32,422

Near cash in RDEL

1,450

__

31,272

__

31,272

Capital DEL2

400

__

1,100

__

1,100

Depreciation3

__

__

-820

__

-820

Total

1,850

__

32,702

__

32,702

1 The total of ‘Administration budget’ and ‘Near cash in Resource DEL’ may be greater than total resource of DEL due to the definitions overlapping.

2 Capital DEL includes items treated as resource in Estimates and accounts but which are treated as Capital DEL in budgets.

3 Depreciation, which forms part of resource DEL, is excluded from total DEL since capital DEL includes capital spending and to include depreciation of those assets would lead to double counting.

The change in the resource element of DEL and in the administration budget arises from the take up of the remaining £400,000 from the Modernisation Fund (out of a total £3 million agreed in the CSR 07 settlement) and the utilisation of £1,050,000 of the Commission’s Resource EYF.

The change in the capital element of the DEL reflects the utilisation of £400,000 of the Commission’s capital EYF.

All of these funds will be used to pay for the costs of making ready the Commission’s new accommodation at Fox Court in London. The Commission is due to leave its current London accommodation in June 2009.

Leader of the House