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Government Equalities Office: DEL

Volume 696: debated on Thursday 15 November 2007

My right honourable friend the Lord Privy Seal (Harriet Harman) has made the following Statement.

The Transfer of Functions (Equality) Order 2007 (No. 2914) confirms the establishment of the Government Equalities Office and details the functions that have transferred from the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government. The transfer of functions from the Department of Communities and Local Government came into force on 12 October 2007.

Subject to parliamentary approval of the necessary supplementary estimate, the Government Equalities Office departmental expenditure limit will be set at £73,430,000 and the administration budget will be set at £3,885,000. The departmental expenditure limit includes £46,500,000 resource and £7,000,000 capital funding for the Commission for Equality and Human Rights.

Within the departmental expenditure limit, the impact on resource and capital is as set out in the following table:

Departmental expenditure limit £k

Voted

Non-voted

Total

Resource

33,296

33,538

66,834

Of which:*

Administration

3,885

0

3,885

Near-cash

33,296

32,929

66,225

Capital **

0

7,175

7,175

Depreciation ***

0

-579

-579

Total

33,296

40,134

73,430

* The total of administration budget and near-cash figures may be greater than total resource departmental expenditure limit, due to the definitions overlapping.

** Capital departmental expenditure limit includes items treated as resource in estimates and accounts but treated as capital departmental expenditure limit in budgets.

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