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Office for National Statistics: Departmental Expenditure Limit

Volume 687: debated on Tuesday 21 November 2006

My honourable friend the Financial Secretary (John Healey) has made the following Written Ministerial Statement.

Subject to parliamentary approval of any necessary supplementary estimate, the Office for National Statistics’ departmental expenditure limit (DEL) will be increased by £2,205,000 from £193,998,000 to £196,203,000, and the administration budget will be increased by £1,545,000 from £166,878,000 to £168,423,000.

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

£000

Change

New DEL

Voted

Non-Voted

Voted

Non-Voted

Total

Resource DEL

1,418

777

161,846

6,777

168,623

Of which:

Administration Budget*

768

777

161,646

6,777

a168,423

Near-cash in RDEL

1,148

777

139,081

7,218

146,299

Capital**

10

-

27,580

-

27,580

Less Depreciation***

-

-

-19,633

-

-19,633

Total

1,428

777

169,793

6,777

176,570

*The total of “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.

Resource Change: Admin (total increase of £1,545,000)

Voted: total increase of £768,000.

Take-up of £250,000 from the invest to save budget to fund the quality measurement framework project.

Transfer of £61,000 from GAD in respect of a machinery of government change to provide funding to the occupational pension scheme survey.

Transfer of £457,000 from Cabinet Office in respect of a machinery of government change for Civil Service statistics.

Non-voted: total increase of £777,000

£777,000 from the invest to save budget to fund the quality measurement project.

Resource Change: Programme (total increase of £650,000)

Voted: total increase of £650,000.

To reduce EC income by £650,000 from £1,000,000 to £350,000 to reflect latest forecast.

Capital Change (total increase of £10,000)

Voted: total increase of £10,000

Transfer of £10,000 from GAD in respect of a machinery of government change for the Occupational Pension Scheme Survey.