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Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform: Winter Supplementary Estimate

Volume 705: debated on Tuesday 25 November 2008

My right honourable friend the Minister of State for Employment Relations and Postal Affairs (Pat McFadden) has made the following Written Ministerial Statement.

Subject to parliamentary approval of the necessary supplementary estimate, the Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform’s DEL will be reduced by £11,157,000 from £3,379,070,000 to £3,367,913,000 and the administration budget will be increased by £358,000 from £332,173,000 to £332,531,000.

Within the DEL change, the impact on resources and capital is as set out in the following table:

ChangeNew DEL

Voted

Non-Voted

Voted

Non-Voted

Total

Resource (£000)

34,426

-28,583

-497,986

2,654,880

2,156,894

Of which:

Administration* budget

358

332,531

332,531

Near cash in Resource DEL*

19,398

-13,555

-645,630

2,693,147

2,047,517

Capital (£000)

-91,601

74,601

-763,999

1,975,018

1,211,019

Less Depreciation* (£000)

-11,327

11,327

-48,780

-24,684

-73,464

Total (£000)

-68,502

57,345

-1,310,765

4,605,214

3,294,449

*The total of the “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.

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

RfR1

increase of £825,000 in respect of an award from the Financial Inclusion Fund for Face-to-Face Debt Advice;

transfer of £4,000,000 from the Ministry of Defence in respect of Global Threat Reduction;

virement of £17,088,000 from Non-Voted to Voted expenditure in respect of the Regional Development Agencies reflecting reduced contributions from other government departments;

virement of £2,504,000 from Voted to Non-Voted expenditure in respect of a reallocation from the London Development Agency to the Regional Development Agencies;

virement of £1,000,000 from Voted expenditure on Business Link Marketing to Non-Voted expenditure in respect of the Regional Development Agencies;

virement of £16,000,000 from Non-Voted capital expenditure in respect of the Regional Development Agencies to the Non-Voted resource Departmental Unallocated Provision;

transfer of £16,000,000 from the Non-Voted resource Departmental Unallocated Provision to the Department for Work and Pensions in respect of Cold Weather Payments;

transfer of £40,000 from the Non-Voted Departmental Unallocated Provision to the Cabinet Office for the Security Monitoring and Co-ordination Centre;

virement of £115,000 from Non-Voted to Voted expenditure in respect of a reduction in the gross expenditure and receipts of Postwatch as a result of the transfer of the Royal Mail Quality of Service review to Postcomm;

virement of £14,300,000 from the Non-Voted Resource Departmental Unallocated Provision to Voted Insolvency Service Non-Cash;

virement of £728,000 from the Non-Voted resource Departmental Unallocated Provision to Voted Non-Cash Provisions in respect of Icelandic Trawlermen compensation; and

virement of £516,000 from the Non-Voted resource Departmental Unallocated Provision to Voted Near-Cash in respect of British Shipbuilders Liabilities;

Also within the change to resource DEL, the changes to the Administration budget are (RfR1):

transfer of £1,463,000 from the Cabinet Office in respect of the Parliamentary Counsel Office;

transfer of £360,000 to the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs in respect of the Office of Climate Change;

transfer of £45,000 to the Office of Government Commerce (Cabinet Office) for the Centre of Expertise for Sustainable Development; and

reclassification of £700,000 from Voted Administration to Non-Voted programme expenditure in respect of the Regional Development Agencies' Business Links;

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

RfR1

virement of £39,501,000 from Voted to Non-Voted expenditure in respect of a reallocation from the London Development Agency to the Regional Development Agencies;

virement of £16,000,000 from Non-Voted capital expenditure in respect of the Regional Development Agencies to the Non-Voted resource Departmental Unallocated Provision;

transfer from Non-Voted Regional Development Agencies expenditure of £1,000,000 to the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs in respect of increased Warm Front Activity;

virement of £27,000,000 from Voted Environmental Transformation Fund expenditure to the Non-Voted Departmental Unallocated Provision;

virement of £27,400,000 from Voted Enterprise Capital Fund expenditure to the Non-Voted Departmental Unallocated Provision;

virement of £2,300,000 from Non-Voted expenditure to Voted in respect of increased recoveries of Non-Voted Launch Investment receipts and increased Voted expenditure by the Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service.

Postal Services Commission

Subject to parliamentary approval of the necessary supplementary estimate, the Postal Services Commission DEL will be increased by £1,000 from £151,000 to £152,000 and the administration budget will be increased by £1,000 from £1,000 to £2,000. Within the DEL change, the impact on Resources and Capital is as set out in the following table:

New DEL

£'000

Change

Voted

Non-voted

Total

Resource DEL

1

2

0

2

Of which *

Administration budget

1

2

0

2

Near-cash in RDEL

1

-538

0

-538

Capital DEL**

0

150

0

150

Depreciation

0

-530

0

-530

Total

1

-378

0

-378

* The total of the “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.

The change in the resource element of the DEL arises from a token increase in administration costs. The token increase is necessary to bring to Parliament's attention an increase in administration expenditure relating to the Royal Mail Quality of Service Review (£114,000) offset by increased appropriations-in-aid (£114,000) from Royal Mail.

Office of Gas and Electricity Markets

Subject to parliamentary approval of the necessary supplementary estimate, the Office of Gas and Electricity Markets’s DEL will be increased by £1,000 from £1,651,000 to £1,652,000 and the administration budget will be increased by £1,000 from £701,000 to £702,000.

New DEL

£’000

Change

Voted

Non-voted

Total

Resource DEL

1

702

0

702

Of which:

Administration budget

1

702

0

702

Near-cash in RDEL

1

-93

700

607

Capital DEL**

0

950

0

950

Depreciation

0

-1,000

0

-1,00

Total

1

652

0

652

*The total of the “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.

The change in the resource element of the DEL arises from a token increase in administration costs. The token increase is necessary to bring to Parliament's attention an increase in administration costs of £1,499,000 offset by an increase in appropriations in aid of £1,499,000. The increase in administration costs is as a result of additional unplanned expenditure on a Competition Act investigation, the offshore transmission tender process and the energy supply markets probe.