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Northern Ireland Office: DEL

Volume 699: debated on Tuesday 19 February 2008

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

Subject to parliamentary approval the Northern Ireland Office (NIO) will be taking a 2007-08 Spring Supplementary Estimate. The effect this will have is to increase the NIO’s DEL by £39,813,000 from £1,353,675,000 to £1,393,488,000.

ChangeNew DEL

£’000

Voted

Non-Voted

Voted

Non-voted

Total

Resource

21,877

19,831

390,166

994,470

1,384,636

Admin Budget

-116

-

81,753

-

81,753

Near-cash

8,451

5,857

312,632

719,263

1,031,895

Capital

8,170

-8,135

33,264

38,674

71,938

Depreciation

-743

-1,187

-18,018

-45,068

-63,086

Total

29,304

10,509

405,412

988,076

1,393,488

The change in total DEL of £39,813,000 relates to the drawdown of non-cash end-year flexibility (EYF) of £17,285,000; an increase of £18,102,000 in respect of curtailment costs and a change in the discount rate for police pensions; and resource and capital budget transfers with other government departments totalling £6,356,000.

The EYF drawdown is to fund additional non- cash resource requirements for compensation payment provisions in the Compensation Agency; pension scheme liabilities in the Youth Justice Agency; and asset revaluation costs in the Northern Ireland Prison Service.

The administration budget decreases by £116,000 from £81,869,000 to £81,753,000 as a result of resource budget transfers of £100,000 to the Department of Culture, Arts and Learning for Ordnance Survey mapping services and £16,000 to the Office of the First Minister and Deputy First Minister for Stormont Castle messengers.

The increase in capital DEL of £35,000 is the budget transfer of £20,000 from the Northern Ireland Court Service for prison video links and £15,000 from the Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety for prison healthcare costs.

The Northern Ireland Executive DEL will increase by £193,887,000 from £8,522,664,000 to £8,716,551,000.

The change reflects the drawdown of EYF of £105,000,000 (£75,000,000 near-cash and £30,000,000 capital) and an addition of £100,000,000 (£88,000,000 near-cash and £12,000,000 capital) for funding the water industry and innovation. In addition there are net outward budget transfers totalling £11,113,000 (£6,163,000 resource near-cash and £4,950,000 capital) to the Northern Ireland Office and HM Revenue and Customs.