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Foreign and Commonwealth Office: DEL

Volume 696: debated on Thursday 15 November 2007

My honourable friend the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs (Meg Munn) 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 £48,122,000 from £1,840,333,000 to £1,888,455,000. The administration budget will be increased by £14,000 from £870,046,000 to £870,060,000. 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

30,122

-17,000

1,811,464

10,862

1,822,326

Of which:

Administration budget *

17,014

-17,000

870,060

-

870,060

Near-cash in resource DEL

30,122

-17,000

1,654,745

10,862

1,665,607

Capital **

36,000

-1,000

182,753

-

182,753

Depreciation ***

-

-

-116,624

-

-116,624

Total

66,122

-18,000

1,877,593

10,862

1,888,455

* 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 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.

The change in the resource element of the DEL arises from:

Request for Resources 1

Administration

£14,000 transfer of administration budget from Cabinet Office in respect of the Privy Council Office.

Programme

take-up of £22,000,000 other current end-year flexibility for departmental restructuring;

transfer of £7,000,000 other current expenditure to Home Office for the Border and Immigration Agency;

transfer of £5,300,000 programme expenditure to the security and intelligence agencies to cover expansion and capability; and

a £3,407,000 claim on the DEL reserve in respect of emergency disaster relief.

Neutral Changes

increased other current expenditure of £60,000,000, fully offset by income, for consular and visa work; and

increased other current expenditure of £2,830,000, fully offset by income, in respect of anti-narcotics work.

Capital

take-up of £35,000,000 end-year flexibility in respect of the FCO estate.

Request for Resources 2

Programme

transfer of £3,000,000 from DfID in respect of conflict prevention operations in Afghanistan; and

transfer of £3,000,000 programme expenditure to security and intelligence agencies to cover expansion and capability.