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Northern Ireland Office: Departmental Expenditure Limit

Volume 687: debated on Tuesday 21 November 2006

The Secretary of State for Northern Ireland (Peter Hain) has made the following Ministerial Statement.

Subject to parliamentary approval, the Northern Ireland Office (NSO) will be taking a 2006-07 winter supplementary estimate. The effect this will have is to increase the NIO's DEL by £30,843,000 from £1,206,618,000 to £1,237,461,000.

Change New DEL

£'000

Voted

Non-Voted

Voted

Non-voted

Total

Resource

5,746

23,313

335,271

879,207

1,214,478

Admin Budget

166

0

86,756

5,000

91,756

Near-cash

10,305

12,281

275,087

741,584

1,016,671

Capital

0

13,377

38,454

46,851

85,305

Depreciation

3,720

-15,313

-18,462

-43,860

-62,322

Total

9,466

21,377

355,263

882,198

1,237,461

The change in the resource element of the DEL £30,843,000 relates to the drawdown of end year flexibility £42,270,000 of which £13,100,000 is near cash resource, £15,793,000 is non-cash and £13,377,000 is capital. The department is also receiving a resource budget transfer of £166,000 from the Cabinet Office. As DEL stated excludes depreciation, the change is adjusted by £11,593,000 to £30,843,000.

The cash drawdown is in relation to additional resource requirement for various business areas within the department such as the PSNI, the NI Prison Service, the Public Prosecution Service and the Youth Justice Agency. The non-cash element is required for NDPBs such as the PSNI, the NI Human Rights Commission, the Criminal Justice Inspectorate and the NI Policing Board.

The change in capital DEL by £13,377,000 is required for various business areas within the department such as the PSNI, the Police Ombudsman, the Probation Board for Northern Ireland and the Criminal Justice Inspectorate.