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Office for National Statistics: DEL

Volume 689: debated on Tuesday 20 February 2007

My honourable friend the Financial Secretary to the Treasury (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 £28,279,000 from £196,203,000 to £224,482,000, and the administration budget will be increased by £22,993,000 from £168,423,000 to £191,416,000.

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

34,279

-6,000

196,125

777

196,902

of which:

Administration Budget*

28,993

-6,000

190,639

777

191,416

Near-cash in RDEL

3,439

-2,300

142,520

4,918

147,438

Capital**

-7,962

7,962

19,618

7,962

27,580

Less Depreciation***

-5,270

-

24,903

-

-24,903

Total

21,047

1,962

198,802

8,739

199,579

*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 £22,993,000)

Voted: total increase of £28,993,000.

Reserve claim totalling £27,040,000 in respect of costs associated with vacating Drummond Gate, ONS efficiency and restructuring;

take up of end-year flexibility (EYF) of £553,000 (administration) as set out in the public outturn White Paper (CM 6883);

to draw down £6,000,000 departmental unallocated provision to meet in-year pressures;

to increase admin by £200,000 due to reclassification of EU expenditure and receipts; and

loss on sale of Bessborough House (£4,800,000) financed by savings in administration costs.

Non-voted total reduction of £6,000,000

To draw down £6,000,000 departmental unallocated provision to meet in year pressures

Resource Change: Programme (total increase of £5,286,000)

Voted: total increase of £5,286,000

Take-up of end-year flexibility (EYF) of £686,000 (other current) as set out in the public outturn White Paper (CM 6883);

to reduce programme by £200,000 due to reclassification of EU expenditure and receipts to admin;

loss on sale of Bessborough (£4,800,000) financed by savings in administration costs.