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Foreign and Commonwealth Office: DEL

Volume 689: debated on Tuesday 20 February 2007

My right honourable friend the Minister for Trade, Investment and Foreign Affairs (Ian McCartney) has made the following Written Ministerial Statement.

Subject to parliamentary approval of any necessary supplementary estimate, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office departmental expenditure limit (DEL) will be increased by £115,860,000 from £1,878,801,000 to £1,994,661,000. The administration budget will be decreased by £6,611,000 from £891,442,000 to £884,831,000. Within the DEL change, the impact on resources and capital are as set out in the following table:

Change £000New DEL £000

Voted

Non-Voted

Voted

Non-Voted

Total

Resource

110,704

-22,000

1,924,913

44,213

1,969,126

Of which:

Administration budget*

5,389

-12,000

847,331

37,500

884,831

Near-cash in RDEL

128,704

-10,000

1,786,194

21,213

1,807,407

Capital**

8,776

-

157,779

1,000

158,779

Depreciationo

-6,380

-12,000

-110,244

-23,000

-133,244

Total

113,100

-34,000

1,972,448

22,213

1,994,661

*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.

oDepreciation, 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:

Request for Resources 1 (RfR1)

Administration

Transfer to the DEL reserve of £6,611,000 in respect of the overseas pricing mechanism (OPM) impact on the FCO.

Programme

DEL reserve claim of £14,600,000 in respect of consular premiums collected in the UK.

DEL reserve claim of £12,849,000 in respect of the FCO/HMT 50/50 international organisations cost-sharing agreement.

Transfer to the DEL reserve of £3,837,000 in respect of the overseas pricing mechanism (OPM) impact on the FCO.

Transfer from the DEL reserve of £821,000 in respect of the overseas pricing mechanism (OPM) impact of the British Council.

Budgetary transfers to SIA of £200,000 and £74,000 in respect of planned programme activity.

Neutral Changes

An increase in income and expenditure of £16,600,000 in respect of wider market sales.

An increase in income and expenditure of £10 million in respect of consular A in A.

An increase in income and expenditure of £4,830,000 in respect of an invoice from FCO to HO for Afghan delivery plan.

An increase in income and expenditure of £3,789,000 in respect of an invoice from FCO to DfID for FTN services.

An increase in income and expenditure of £3,413,000 in respect of reclaimable VAT.

An increase in income and expenditure of £2 million in respect of an invoice from FCO to Cabinet Office.

An increase in income and expenditure of £1,766,000 in respect of an invoice from FCO to DfID for FTN services.

An increase in income and expenditure of £1,210,000 in respect of an invoice from FCO to SOCA for FTN services.

An increase in income and expenditure of £439,000 in respect of an invoice from FCO to HO for migration fund.

An increase in income and expenditure of £432,000 in respect of an invoice from FCO to DfID for FTN services.

An increase in income and expenditure of £168,000 in respect of an invoice from FCO to HMRC for FTN services.

Capital

DEL Reserve claim of £9,094,000 in respect of the FCO/HMT 50/50 international organisations cost-sharing agreement.

Transfer to the DEL reserve of £318,000 in respect of the overseas pricing mechanism (OPM).

Neutral Changes

An increase in income and expenditure of £7,600,000 in respect of the asset recycling agreement with Treasury.

An increase in income and expenditure of £1,087,000 in respect of the asset recycling agreement with Treasury.

Request for Resources 2 (RfR2)

Programme

Drawdown of £60,500,000 balance of Africa peacekeeping main estimate provision for planned programme activity and budgetary transfers.

Budgetary transfer to MoD of £53 million for peacekeeping (Balkans).

Drawdown of £46,500,000 balance of global peacekeeping main estimate provision for planned programme activity and budgetary transfers.

Budgetary transfer from DfID of £5 million for Africa conflict prevention activity (Sudan).

Budgetary transfer from DfID of £5 million for Africa conflict prevention activity (humanitarian).

Budgetary transfer from DfID of £5 million for Africa conflict prevention activity (peacekeeping).

Budgetary transfer to MoD of £4,200,000 for planned programme activity.

Take up off £4,000,000 EYF in respect of global conflict prevention pool for planned programme activity.

DEL reserve claim of £950,000 for global conflict prevention pool peacekeeping.

Budgetary transfer from DfID of £875,000 for quick intervention programmes (QIPs).

Budgetary transfer from DfID of £341,000 for Africa conflict prevention activity.

Budgetary transfer from SIA of £190,000 for Africa conflict prevention activity.