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Departmental Expenditure Limits (Changes 2010-11)

Volume 526: debated on Thursday 31 March 2011

I am announcing the following DEL budget switches, in accordance with the Treasury’s consolidated budgeting guidance. Resource DEL will be decreased by £64,000,000 from £1,290,579,000 to £1,226,579,000 and Capital DEL will be increased by £64,000,000 from £1,987,933,000 to £2,051,933,000. The impact of these non-voted DEL switches on the Resource and Capital DEL is as set out in the following table:

£'000ChangeNew DEL

Voted

Non-Voted

Non-Voted

Total

Resource DEL

-20,000

-44,000

434,820

791,759

1,226,579

Of which:

Administration Budget

-

-

117,939

-

117,939

Capital DEL*

20,000

44,000

744,751

1,307,182

2,051,933

Less Depreciation**

-

-

-7,516

-4,389

-11,905

Total DEL

-

-

1,172,055

2,094,552

3,266,607

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

**Depreciation, which forms part of Resource DEL, is excluded from the total DEL in the table above, since Capital DEL includes capital spending and to include depreciation of those assets would lead to double counting.

The transfer from voted Resource DEL to Capital DEL of £20,000,000 relates to the cost of keeping open the Warm Front scheme for two weeks longer than budgeted during a period of extreme bad weather.

The transfer from non-voted Resource DEL to Capital DEL of £44,000,000 is in respect of work by the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority at the Sellafield site, as a result of a final assessment of the split of the cost of decommissioning activities on the site between capital and resource expenditure in accordance with the ONS/ESA95 agreed definitions.