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Written Statements

Volume 628: debated on Wednesday 13 September 2017

Written Statements

Wednesday 13 September 2017

Cabinet Office

Cabinet Office Consolidated Fund Standing Service

The UK general election took place on 8 June 2017, resulting in an increase in non-voted programme resource departmental expenditure limit of £140,850,000.

This forecast covers England, Scotland and Wales and comprises:

£98,310,000 to cover fees and expenses incurred by returning officers in running the poll.

£42,540,000 to cover primarily the delivery of elections addresses at public expense by the universal service provider (Royal Mail) in accordance with legislation.

The additional non-voted resources of £140,850,000 will be shown in Cabinet Office’s supplementary estimate 2017-18.

DEL written statement £

Change

New Total

Voted

Non-Voted

Voted

Non-Voted

Resource DEL

-

140,850,000

353,520,000

148,227,000

Of which:

Administration budget

-

-

160,939,000

-

Depreciation

-

-

35,000,000

-

Capital DEL

-

-

97,010,000

-

Having drawn down £140,850,000, the Cabinet Office will transfer £14,359,330 at supplementary estimate 2017-18 to the Scotland Office to cover forecast election expenses in Scotland.

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Home Department

Biometrics Commissioner: Annual Report

My hon. Friend the Minister of State, Home Office (Baroness Williams of Trafford) has today made the following written statement:

I am pleased to announce that my right hon. Friend the Home Secretary is today publishing the third annual report of the Biometrics Commissioner, together with the Government’s response.

The Biometrics Commissioner, Paul Wiles, is appointed under section 20 of the Protection of Freedoms Act 2012. His responsibilities are:

to decide applications by the police for extended retention of DNA profiles and fingerprints from persons arrested for serious offences but not charged or convicted;

to keep under review national security determinations made by chief officers under which DNA profiles and fingerprints may be retained for national security purposes;

to exercise general oversight of police use of DNA samples, DNA profiles and fingerprints. His report is a statutory requirement of section 21 of the Protection of Freedoms Act 2012.

I am grateful to Mr Wiles for this report. No redactions to it have been made on the grounds of national security. The Government have considered it and produced a response.

Copies of the report will be available from the Vote Office. The Government’s response will be placed in the Library of the House.

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