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Departmental Public Expenditure

Volume 491: debated on Thursday 30 April 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport for what reason there was an underspend against his Department’s estimated Capital Departmental Expenditure Limit in 2008-09 as referred to in the Budget 2009 Red Book, Table C11. (271820)

For 2008-09, the capital expenditure limit of the Department for Culture, Media and Sport includes both voted estimate provision and a departmental unallocated provision.

The main elements of the underspend are: (i) an unspent departmental unallocated provision of £168 million, which was provided for the Olympics in the Spending Review 2007, and (ii) an estimated underspend by the Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA) in the financial year 2008-09, compared to their estimate provision.

The ODA’s funding is ring-fenced and the intention is that funds unspent in 2008-09 will be made available to meet the spending pressures primarily in 2009-10 and 2010-11.

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what contribution he expects each of his Department's (a) agencies and (b) business areas to make towards value for money savings in 2010-11 as referred to in paragraph C71 of the Budget 2009 Red Book. (271821)

The current detail as to how these savings will be delivered is set out in table 6.1 of the Budget 2009.

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport under which budgetary headings reductions to his Department's Resource Departmental Expenditure Limit for 2010-11, as referred to in Table C11 of the Budget 2009 Red Book, have been made. (271824)

The budgetary headings that have been reduced, and are reflected in Table C11 and Chapter 6 table 6.1 of Budget 2009 are Arts, Heritage, Museums, Galleries and Libraries, Sport, Broadcasting and Film.