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Ministry of Justice: DEL

Volume 699: debated on Tuesday 19 February 2008

My right honourable friend the Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice has made the following Written Ministerial Statement.

Subject to parliamentary approval of any necessary supplementary estimate, the Ministry of Justice (MoJ), Northern Ireland Court Service (NICS) and the National Archives (TNA) total departmental expenditure limit (DEL) will be increased as follows:

Total DEL for MoJ (RfR1, 2 & 3) is increased by £831,000 from £9,628,003,000 to £9,628,834,000 and the administration budget is decreased by £(233,327,000) from £712,716,000 to £479,389,000. This is due to a reclassification of administration budget to programme budget following discussions with HM Treasury.

Total DEL for NICS is increased by £15,918,000 from £130,570,000 to £146,488,000 and the administration budget is decreased by £(3,000,000). This is due to an increase in administration income.

Total DEL for the TNA has remained unchanged.

Within the Total DEL change for MoJ (RfR1, 2 & 3), the impact on resources and capital are as set out in the following table:

ChangeNew DEL

Voted £’000

Non-voted £’000

Voted £’000

Non-voted £’000

Total £’000

Resource DEL:

(23,439)

(204,703)

5,784,187

3,151,859

8,936,046

Of which:

Administration *

(233,327)

0

479,389

0

479,389

Near cash in Resource DEL

29,428

7,128

4,686,786

3,873,476

8,560,262

Capital **

229,868

5,560

1,001,516

35,615

1,037,131

Depreciation

(6,455)

0

(338,389)

(5,954)

(344,343)

Total

199,974

(199,143)

6,447,314

3,181,520

9,628,834

* 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.

1) The change in the Resource and Capital DEL for the MoJ DEL arises from:

RfR1: To promote the development of a modern, fair, cost effective and efficient system of justice for all.

Resource Change: Admin (total decrease of £(235,177,000))

Reserve Claims:

An increase in resource DEL of £6,271,000 in respect to the Diana Princess of Wales inquest.

Other Increases:

An increase in resource DEL of £19,552,000 from the Home Office in relation to corporate costs following the Machinery of Government changes.

Decreases:

A decrease in admin budget of £(261,000,000) in relation to a switch between admin and programme spend following discussions with HM Treasury.

Resource Change: Programme (total increase of £320,018,000)

Reserve Claims:

An increase in resource DEL of £35,000,000 in relation to keeping prisoners in police cells under Operation Safeguard.

An increase in resource DEL of £15,000,000 in relation to providing extra 500 places for those committed to prison.

An increase in resource DEL of £5,000,000 in relation to the End of Custodial Licence Safeguard Programme.

Other Increases:

An increase in programme budget of £261,000,000 in relation to a switch between admin and programme spend following discussions with HM Treasury.

An increase in resource DEL of £2,000,000 from the Home Office in relation to CJIT.

An increase in resource DEL of £1,098,000 from the Department for Innovation, Universities and Skills (DIUS) in relation to education and learning skills for offenders and prisoners.

An increase in resource DEL of £920,000 in relation to a net transfer to the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) in respect of the Compass, Progress and ExiSSr1 projects.

Resource Change: Programme (total decrease of (£314,833,000))

Decreases:

A decrease in resource DEL of £(250,000,000) in relation to a transfer to HM Treasury in respect of the release of provisions within the Legal Services Commission. £(47,567,000) of this was voted DEL and £(202,403,000) was non-voted DEL.

A decrease in resource DEL of £(44,600,000) in relation to the Netting Off scheme agreed with HM Treasury.

A decrease in resource DEL of £(15,000,000) in relation to a transfer of non-cash to the Northern Ireland Court Service.

A decrease in resource DEL of £(3,000,000) in relation to a transfer to the CPS in respect of the victims surcharge.

A decrease in resource DEL of £(1,190,000) in relation to a transfer to the Welsh Assembly in respect of election costs.

A decrease in resource DEL of £(1,043,000) in relation to a transfer to the Department of Health in respect of prisoner healthcare costs.

Capital Change (total increase of £235,428,000)

Reserve Claims:

An increase in capital DEL of £60,000,000 in relation to the Prisoner Capacity Programme.

Take-up of End-Year Flexibility (EYF):

An increase in capital DEL of £131,000,000 in relation to the London Accommodation Programme (Queen Anne’s Gate).

An increase in capital DEL of £39,800,000 in relation to a variety of specific projects.

Other Increases:

An increase in capital DEL of £3,000,000 from the Home Office in respect of costs related to Phoenix House.

An increase in capital DEL of £1,628,000 from the Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform (DBERR) in respect of capital costs for the Case Flow Project.

RfR2: Overseeing the effective operation of the devolution settlement in Scotland and representing the interests of Scotland in the UK Government.

Resource Change: Admin (total increase of £900,000)

Take-up of End-Year Flexibility (EYF):

An increase in resource DEL of £900,000 in relation to a draw down of EYF.

RfR3: To support the Secretary of State in discharging his role of representing Wales in the UK Government, representing the UK Government in Wales and ensuring the smooth running of the devolution settlement in Wales.

Resource Change: Admin (total increase of £950,000)

Take-up of End-Year Flexibility (EYF):

An increase in resource DEL of £950,000 in relation to a drawdown of EYF.

There is no change in the capital DEL for RfR2 and RfR3

2) The change in the resource and capital DEL for the Northern Ireland Court Service (NICS) arises from:

Within the total DEL change for Northern Ireland Court Service, the impact on resources and capital are as set out in the following table:

ChangeNew DEL

Voted £'000

Non- voted £'000

Voted £'000

Non- voted £'000

Total £'000

Resource DEL:

1,741

14,259

55,122

94,058

149,180

Of which:

Administration *

(3,000)

-

(689)

-

(689)

Near cash in Resource DEL

1,671

15,000

40,377

90,928

131,305

Capital **

(10)

(10)

5,990

5,990

Depreciation

(62)

0

(8,662)

(20)

(8,682)

Total

1,669

14,249

52,450

94,038

146,488

* 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.

† 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: Programme (total increase of £16,070,000)

Take-up of End-Year Flexibility (EYF):

An increase in resource DEL of £1,000,000 in relation to a drawdown of EYF.

Other Increases:

An increase in resource DEL of £15,000,000 from the MoJ in relation to a transfer of non-cash to NICS.

An increase in resource DEL of £70,000 in relation to the Criminal Injuries Compensation Appeals Panel for Northern Ireland changing its status from an NDPB to a business unit of NICS.

Resource Change: Programme (total decrease of £10,000)

Decreases:

A decrease in net resource DEL of £(10,000) in relation to the Criminal Injuries Compensation Appeals Panel for Northern Ireland changing its status from an NDPB to business unit of NICS switch of spending to capital from resource.

Capital Change (total decrease of £10,000)

Increases:

An increase in net capital DEL of £10,000 in relation to the Criminal Injuries Compensation Appeals Panel for Northern Ireland changing its status from an NDPB to business unit of NICS switch of spending to capital from resource.

Decreases:

A decrease in capital DEL of £(20,000) to cover costs related to the Northern Ireland Office for use of shared asset.

3) The National Archives are not submitting a Spring Supplementary Estimate.