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Spring Supplementary Estimate 2008-09

Volume 488: debated on Monday 23 February 2009

Subject to parliamentary approval of any necessary Supplementary Estimate, the Attorney-General’s total DEL will be increased by £19,703,000 from £740,920,000 to £760,623,000. Within the total DEL change, the impact on resources and capital are set out in the following table:

ChangeNew DEL£'000

Voted

Non-voted

Voted

Non-voted

Total

Resource DEL

17,703

754,226

283

754,509

of which:

Administration budget 1

1,825

71,824

71,824

Near-cash in RDEL 1

17,703

741,420

1,956

743,376

Capital DEL 2

2,000

15,003

15,003

Less Depreciation 3

-8,889

-8,889

Total DEL

19,703

760,340

283

760,623

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 total DEL since capital DEL includes capital spending and to include depreciation of those assets would lead to double counting.

The Crown Prosecution Service’s (CPS) element of the Attorney-General’s total DEL will be increased by £4,114,000 from £636,325,000 to £648,559,000.

Changes in CPS’s near-cash Resource DEL arise from:

Budgetary transfers from the Ministry of Justice totalling £2,769,000 consisting of:

£2,600,000 from the Victim Surcharge Collections

£169,000 to help fund the Liverpool Community Justice Centre

A budgetary transfer to the Ministry of Justice of £130,000 to support theVirtual Courts pilot scheme

The draw down of £650,000 from End Year Flexibility to increase spending on the prosecution of criminal cases

The take-up of agreed allocation from the Modernisation fund of £825,000 consisting of:

£500,000 to develop the Advocacy Strategy

£325,000 to develop leadership and management

The CPS administration budget increases from £56,002,000 to £56,352,000 due to the take-up of £325,000 modernisation funding to develop leadership and management.

The Serious Fraud Office’s (SFO) element of the Attorney-General’s total DEL will be increased by £14,089,000 from £44,094,000 to £58,183,000. This will enable repayment of the Contingency Fund advance as set out in the Ministerial Statement of 12 February 2009.

The changes in the SFO’s near-cash resource DEL arise from:

Blockbuster Funding: £5.9 million Expenditure

An increase of £1,940,000 from our Ring Fenced Blockbuster Reserve for Oil for Food case.

An increase of £3,900,000 from our Ring Fenced Blockbuster Reserve for the Holbein and ICG Blockbuster Reserve.

Transformation Funding: £8.2 million Expenditure

The take up of £4,300,000 Programme resource End Year Flexibility.

The take up of £3,950,000 End Year Flexibility from the Revenue and Customs Prosecution Office.

A decrease of £1,000 as a result of the transfer of budget to TSOL for our contribution to the Government Skills Funding programme.

Asset Recovery: £1.2 million Neutral Amount

A cash neutral change to our Programme budget of £ 1,220,000 being both increase in costs and increase in revenue as a consequence of Proceeds of Crime income and additional Cost Awards.

The HM Procurator General and Treasury Solicitor’s (TSOL) element of the Attorney General’s total DEL will be increased by £1,500,000 from £15,984,000 to £17,484,000. This increase will occur within the Administration budget which will increase from £13,972,000 to £ 15,472,000.

The change in TSOL’s near-cash resource DEL arises from:

Take-up £ 1,050,000 of administration costs resource End Year Flexibility (EYF) to meet the cost of policy support to the Attorney-General’s office and accommodation.

Take-up £100,000 of administration costs resource End Year Flexibility (EYF) to meet increased spending by the Crown Prosecution Inspectorate (HMCPSI) to upgrade video link equipment and the HMCPSI database and to quality assure a review of support services.

Take-up £350,000 of administration costs resource End Year Flexibility (EYF) to meet an increase in costs for non-recoverable disbursements relating to cases for the Attorney-General and costs relating to the Government Property Lawyers (GPL).

The Revenue and Customs Prosecutions Office’s (RCPO) element of the Attorney General’s total DEL remains unchanged at £36,397,000.

Changes, which have no net effect on RCPO’s DEL, are:

A transfer of £2,000,000 programme resources to Capital DEL. This is required to fund capital spending for essential upgrades in the Department’s case management system.

Programme cost changes in respect of a £1,000,000 reduction in RCPO programme costs offset by a corresponding reduction in programme income.