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Departmental Expenditure Limit (2010-11)

Volume 523: debated on Monday 14 February 2011

Subject to parliamentary approval of any necessary supplementary estimate, the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs total departmental expenditure limit (DEL) will be increased by £45,893,000 (1.67%) from £2,755,111,000 to £2,801,004,000. The administration budget will remain unchanged £282,088,000. Within the DEL change, the impact on resources and capital is set out in the following table:

£’000ChangeNew DEL

Voted

Non-voted

Total

Voted

Non-voted

Total

Resource

-11,848

27,591

15,743

3,695,767

-1,262,951

2,432,816

of which:

Administration Budget

-

-

-

282,088

-

282,088

Capital

-150

30,300

30,150

122,977

454,887

577,864

Depreciation*

-

-

-

-100,441

-109,235

-209,676

Total

-11,998

57,891

45,893

3,718,303

-917,299

2,801,004

*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 the DEL of £15,743,000 arises from: (i) a transfer of £172,000 to the Department of Energy and Climate Change for information services at the Committee for Climate Change; (ii) a transfer of £65,000 to the Ministry of Justice for the Tribunal Service relating to appeals for civil sanctions; (iii) a transfer of £130,000 to DEFRA from the Department for International Development for the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture; (iv) a transfer of £46,000,000 from the 2011-12 ring-fenced EU disallowance provision to cover pressures in the 2010-11 budget which have arisen due to the timing of when the disallowance payments are accrued; (v) a transfer of £30,000,000 from Resource to Capital DEL for the Environment Agency (EA) in respect of flood defences where the exact nature and classification of the expenditure is determined by EA as they undertake the work; and (vi) a transfer of £150,000 from Resource to Capital DEL payments for the Fallen Stock Company.

There has also been a transfer within the resource element of the DEL of £11,591,000 from voted to non-voted, (i) £16,377,000 relating to budget transfers from the core Department (voted) to the Department's Non Departmental Public Bodies (non-voted), mainly Natural England, EA and the Joint Nature and Conservation Committee; and (ii) £4,786,000 relates to increases in income and expenditure for the Rural Payments Agency scheme payments. This change is DEL neutral, but the expenditure is classed as voted, whereas the income is classed as non-voted consolidated fund extra receipts.

There is no change in the depreciation budget.

The change in the capital element of the DEL of £30,150,000 arises from: (i) a transfer of £30,000,000 from Resource to Capital DEL for EA in respect of flood defences where the exact nature and classification of the expenditure is determined by EA as they undertake the work; and (ii) a transfer of £150,000 from Resource to Capital DEL payments for the Fallen Stock Company.

There has also been a transfer within the capital element of the DEL of £300,000 from voted to non-voted relating to a budget transfer from the core Department (voted) to the Marine Management Organisation, a non-voted Non Departmental Public Body.