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Department of Trade and Industry: Winter Supplementary Estimate

Volume 687: debated on Tuesday 21 November 2006

My right honourable friend the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry (Alistair Darling) has made the following Written Ministerial Statement.

Expenditure Limits

Subject to parliamentary approval of the necessary supplementary estimate, the Department of Trade and Industry's DEL will be increased by £276,102,000 from £6,600,353,000 to £6,876,455,000 and the administration costs limit will be increased by £5,177,000 from £330,907,000 to £336,084,000.

Within the DEL change, the impact on resources and capital is as set out in the following table.

ChangeNew DEL

Voted

Non-voted

Voted

Non-voted

Total

Resource (£000)

-644,459

841,460

-550,379

6,163,443

5,613,064

of which:

Administration* budget

5,177

336,084

336,084

Near-cash in Resource DEL*

-643,759

831,709

-744,670

6,037,256

5,292,586

Capital (£000)

-3,931

83,032

-273,561

1,536,952

1,263,391

Less Depreciation* (£000)

700

-10,000

-35,248

-109,845

-145,093

Total (£000)

-647,690

914,492

-859,188

7,590,550

6,731,362

*The total of the “Administration Budget” and “Near-cash in Resource DEL” figures may well be greater than total resource DEL, due to the definitions overlapping.

*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 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 arises from:

RfR1

i) utilisation of £9,300,000 from the unused balance of the department's end-year flexibility (EYF) entitlement in respect of the impairment of Small Business Service venture capital funds;

ii) utilisation of £10,000,000 from the unused balance of the department's EYF entitlement in respect of modernisation of the Post Office network;

iii) utilisation of £3,200,000 from the unused balance of the department's EYF entitlement in respect of nuclear decommissioning support for the former Soviet Union;

iv) utilisation of £2,000,000 from the unused balance of the department's EYF entitlement in respect of the renewable energy Performance and Innovation Fund;

v) utilisation of £3,377,000 from the unused balance of the department's EYF entitlement in respect of the waste from electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE) directive;

vi) utilisation of £10,220,000 from the unused balance of the department's EYF entitlement in respect of knowledge transfer legacy schemes;

vii) utilisation of £2,270,000 from the unused balance of the department's EYF entitlement in respect of Ofcom;

viii) utilisation of £7,512,000 from the unused balance of the department's EYF entitlement in respect of business support legacy schemes;

ix) utilisation of £6,610,000 from the unused balance of the department's EYF entitlement in respect of Rover task force programmes;

x) utilisation of £3,500,000 from the unused balance of the department's EYF entitlement in respect of Section 432 inspection into the collapse of MG Rover;

xi) utilisation of £3,900,000 from the unused balance of the department's EYF entitlement in respect of the ACAS change programme;

xii) utilisation of £700,000 from the unused balance of the department's EYF entitlement in respect of the shipbuilders credit guarantee scheme;

xiii) utilisation of £630,000 from the unused balance of the department's EYF entitlement in respect of Royal Mail representation;

xiv) utilisation of £850,000 from the unused balance of the department's EYF entitlement in respect of Government Decontamination and Recovery Service and the direct.gov website;

xv) transfer of £350,000 from the Department for Education and Skills in respect of the National Council for Graduate Entrepreneurship;

xvi) transfer of £4,750,000 from the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs in respect of energy demand reduction trials;

xvii) virement of £2,200,000 from non-voted to voted expenditure in respect of nuclear decontamination support for the former Soviet Union;

xviii) increase of £75,000,000 in respect of a subsidy for the Post Office rural network;

xix) virement of £491,000 from voted to non-voted expenditure in respect of the regional development agencies reflecting increased contributions from other government departments;

xx) virement of £900,000 from voted to non-voted expenditure in respect of the inclusion of the Manufacturing Advice Service within the regional development agencies' “single pot”;

xxi) utilisation of £6,978,000 from the unused balance of the department's EYF entitlement in respect of non-voted expenditure of the Coal Authority;

xxii) virement of £774,100,000 from voted to non-voted expenditure in respect of the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority reflecting increased external receipts;

xxiii) increases of £56,945,000 in the non-voted expenditure of the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority and £230,000 of the United Kingdom Atomic Energy Authority in respect of the superannuation charges adjusted for past experience (SCAPE) pension changes on the UKAEA pensions scheme;

xxiv) transfer of £1,600,000 of non-voted expenditure to the Department of Health in respect of the SCAPE pension changes;

xxv) transfer of £200,000 of non-voted expenditure to the Ministry of Defence in respect of the SCAPE pension changes;

xxvi) reduction of £10,000,000 in respect of a virement to the science research councils of non-cash provision;

xxvii) reduction of £700,000 in respect of a reclassification to annually managed expenditure of age discrimination programmes;

xxviii) transfer of £650,000 to the Welsh Administration in respect of the waste from electrical and electronic equipment directive;

xxix) transfer of £1,244,000 to the Scottish Administration in respect of the waste from electrical and electronic equipment directive;

xxx) transfer of £8,020,000 to the Department for Communities and Local Government in respect of the machinery of government transfer of the Equal Opportunities Commission and Women's Equality schemes;

xxxi) transfer of £8,063,000 of non-voted expenditure to the Department for Communities and Local Government in respect of the machinery of government transfer of the Equal Opportunities Commission and Women's Equality schemes; and

xxxii) transfer of £800,000 to the Cabinet Office in respect of the machinery of government transfer of the Social Enterprise Unit.

RfR2

i) Increase of £10,000,000 in the non-voted non-cash expenditure of the Medical Research Council in respect of a virement of non-science underspends;

ii) increases of £2,763,000 in the non-voted expenditure of the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council and £782,000 of the Council for the Central Laboratory of the Research Councils in respect of the SCAPE pension changes; and

iii) increase of £334,000 in the non-voted expenditure of the Council for the Central Laboratory of the Research Councils to reflect reclassification of certain EU receipts from resource to capital.

Also within the change to resource DEL, the changes to the administration costs limit are (RfR1):

i) utilisation of £7,730,000 from the unused balance of the department's EYF entitlement;

ii) utilisation of £1,894,000 from the unused balance of the department's EYF entitlement in respect of Invest to Save projects related to Supplier Route to Government, the Chameleon project and the Insolvency Service;

iii) transfer of £1,525,000 from the Cabinet Office in respect of the Parliamentary Counsel Office;

iv) transfer of £1,257,000 to the Department for Communities and Local Government in respect of the Government Offices for the Regions early release scheme;

v) transfer of £309,000 to the Department for Work and Pensions in respect of the machinery of government transfer of the Engineering Inspectorate;

vi) transfer of £3,036,000 to the Department for Communities and Local Government in respect of the machinery of government transfer of the Equal Opportunities Commission and Women's Equality schemes; and

vii) transfer of £470,000 to the Cabinet Office in respect of the machinery of government transfer of the Social Enterprise Unit.

The change in the capital element of the DEL arises from:

RfR1

i) Virement of £18,582,000 to non-voted expenditure in respect of increased contributions from other government departments for the regional development agencies for the Northern Way Growth Fund;

ii) virement of £10,000 from voted to non-voted expenditure in respect of the Competition Commission;

iii) utilisation of £4,116,000 from the unused balance of the department's end-year flexibility entitlement in respect of university innovation centres capital grants;

iv) utilisation of £23,687,000 from the unused balance of the department's end-year flexibility entitlement in respect of non-voted expenditure of the regional development agencies;

v) reduction of £6,055,000 in respect of a virement to the science research councils of non-science underspends;

vi) utilisation of £9,468,000 from the unused balance of the department's EYF administration entitlement for the national measurement system;

vii) utilisation of £7,132,000 from the unused balance of the department's EYF administration entitlement for corporate services programmes;

viii) utilisation of £15,301,000 from the unused balance of the department's EYF entitlement to provide for a shortfall in non-voted launch investment receipts; and

ix) a reduction of £14,214,000 in non-science departmental unallocated provision in respect of utilisation by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council and the Medical Research Council.

RfR2

i) increase of £6,055,000 in the non-voted expenditure of the Medical Research Council, vired from non-science underspends;

ii) utilisation of £19,731,000 from the unused balance of the department's non-science EYF entitlement in respect of non-voted expenditure of the Medical Research Council;

iii) an increase of £14,214,000 in non-voted expenditure by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council and the Medical Research Council funded by utilisation of non-science departmental unallocated provision; and

iv) a decrease of £334,000 for the Council for the Central Laboratory of the Research Councils to reflect reclassification of certain EU receipts from resource to capital.

Postal Services Commission: Winter Supplementary Estimate 2006-07

Subject to parliamentary approval of the necessary supplementary estimate, the Postal Services Commission's DEL will be increased by £40,000 from £151,000 to £191,000.

Within the DEL change, the impact on resources and capital is as set out in the following table.

ChangeNew DEL

Voted

Non-voted

Voted

Non-voted

Total

Resource (£000)

0

1

0

1

of which:

Administration budget*

0

0

1

0

1

Near cash in Resource DEL*

0

0

-439

0

-439

Capital (£000)

40

0

190

0

190

Less Depreciation* (£000)

0

0

-400

0

-400

Total (£000)

40

0

-209

0

-209

*The total of the “Administration Budget” and “Near-cash in Resource DEL” figures may well be greater than total resource DEL, due to the definitions overlapping.

*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 capital element of the DEL arises from draw down of end-year flexibility of £40,000 to fund investment in IT. There is no change to the resource element of the DEL.

Office of Gas and Electricity Markets: Winter Supplementary Estimate 2006-07

Subject to parliamentary approval of the necessary supplementary estimate, the Office of Gas and Electricity Markets' DEL will be increased by £1,000 from £651,000 to £652,000.

Within the DEL change, the impact on resources and capital is as set out in the following table.

ChangeNew DEL

Voted

Non-voted

Voted

Non-voted

Total

Resource (£000)

1

0

702

0

702

of which:

Administration budget*

1

0

492

0

492

Near-cash in Resource DEL*

1

0

-93

991

898

Capital (£000)

0

0

950

0

950

Less Depreciation* (£000)

0

0

-1,000

0

-1,000

Total (£000)

0

652

0

652

*The total of the “Administration Budget” and “Near-cash in Resource DEL” figures may well be greater than total resource DEL, due to the definitions overlapping.

*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 arises from a token increase in administration costs to cover an increase of £269,000 in expenditure offset by an increase of £268,000 in A in A. There is no change in the capital element of the DEL.