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Department of Health: DEL

Volume 689: debated on Tuesday 20 February 2007

My honourable friend the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State (Ivan Lewis) has made the following Written Ministerial Statement.

Subject to the necessary supplementary estimate, the Department of Health's element of the departmental expenditure limit (DEL) will be reduced by £5,513,000 from £87,176,137,000 to £87,170,624,000 and the administration cost limit will be increased by £12,259,000 from £227,319,000 to £239,578,000. The Food Standards Agency DEL remains unchanged at £144,847,000. The overall DEL including the Food Standards Agency will reduced by £5,513,000 from £87,320,984,000 to £87,315,471,000. The impact on resource and capital are set out in the following table.

ChangeNew DEL

Voted

Non-voted

Voted

Non-voted

Total

Department of Health

£ million

£ million

£ million

£ million

£ million

Resource DEL

632.421

-638.121

81,762.746

92.623

81,855.369

Of which:

Administration budget

12.259

239.578

239.578

Near-cash in Resource DEL

534.070

-539.770

77, 787.041

463.833

78, 250.874

Capital DEL

-238.937

239.124

1,834.178

3,481.077

5,315.255

Total Department of Health DEL

393.484

-398.997

83,596.924

3,573.700

87,170.624

Depreciation**

-195.622

-1.649

-1,011.755

-37.428

-1,049.183

Total Department of Health spending (after adjustment)

197.862

-400.646

82,585.169

3,536.272

86,121.441

Food Standards Agency

Resources

0

0

143.900

0

143.900

Of which:

Administration budget

0

0

52.316

0

52.316

Near-cash in Resource DEL

0

0

140.677

0.060

140.737

Capital

0

0

0.947

0

0.947

Total Food Standards Agency DEL

0

144.847

0

144.847

Depreciation*

0

0

-2.004

0

-2.004

Total Food Standards Agency spending (after adjustment)

0

0

142.843

0

142.843

* The total of “administration budget” and “Near-cash in resource DEL” figures may well be greater that the total resource DEL, due to definitions overlapping.

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

The Department of Health DEL has reduced by £5,513,000 made up of transfers with the Department for Education and Skills of £5,669,000 for pension indexation costs and the National Assembly for Wales of £2,441,000 for cross border patient flows, dental sift budget and high security psychiatric services. These reductions are partially offset by an increase from the Scottish Executive of £1,600,000 for a contribution towards the healthy start programme and £997,000 additional funding from the Invest to save budget.

The Department of Health's administration cost limit has increased by £12,259,000 from programme budgets to reflect the re-timing of expenditure between years for the department's change programme.

There is no change to the Food Standards Agency element of the DEL.