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Northern Ireland Office: DEL

Volume 689: debated on Tuesday 20 February 2007

My right honourable friend the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland (Peter Hain) has made the following Ministerial Statement.

Subject to parliamentary approval the Northern Ireland Office (NIO) will be taking a 2006-07 spring supplementary estimate. This will increase the NIO's DEL by £68,798,000 from £1,237,461,000 to £1,306,259,000.

ChangeNew DEL

£'000

Voted

Non-voted

Voted

Non-voted

Total

Resource

65,719

1,631

400,990

880,838

1,281,828

Admin Budget

17,465

-5,000

104,221

0

104,221

Near-cash

44,081

7,610

319,168

749,194

1,068,362

Capital

7,042

-7,018

45,496

39,833

85,329

Depreciation

-5,658

7,082

-24,120

-36,778

-60,898

Total

67,103

1,695

422,366

883,893

1,306,259

The change in the DEL by £68,798,000 relates to the drawdown of end-year flexibility of £61,303,000, of which £36,900,000 is near-cash resource and £24,403,000 is non-cash. The department is also receiving net budget transfers from other Northern Ireland departments of £2,547,000 resource and £24,000 capital. Also, the department has increased its DEL as a result of a swap from AME budget of £3,500,000. As the DEL stated excludes depreciation, the change is adjusted by £1,424,000 to £68,798,000.

The cash drawdown is required to fund additional pressures declared during the year in areas such as central administration, the political directorate, and the criminal justice directorate. The non-cash element is mainly required to create provision for potential liabilities in the Compensation Agency, the Youth Justice Agency, and the NI Prison Service.