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Department of Health: Winter Supplementary Estimate

Volume 705: debated on Tuesday 25 November 2008

My honourable friend the Minister of State, Department of Health (Ben Bradshaw), has made the following Written Ministerial Statement.

The Department of Health's element of the departmental expenditure limit (DEL) will be reduced by £4,630,000 from £98,570,061,000 to £98,565,431,000. The administration cost limit remains unchanged at £219,163,000. Subject to the necessary supplementary estimate, the Food Standards Agency DEL will increase by £1,000 from £137,719,000 to £137,720,000 and the administration cost limit will increase by £1,000 from £50,439,000 to £50,440,000. The overall DEL, including the Food Standards Agency, will reduce by £4,629,000 from £98,707,780,000 to £98,703,151,000. The impact on resource and capital are set out in the following table.

ChangeNew DEL

Voted

Non-voted

Voted

Non-voted

Total

£ million

£ million

£ million

£ million

£ million

Department of Health

Resource DEL

0

-4,110

94,444.365

-589.046

93,855.319

of which:

Administration budget*

0

219.163

219.163

Near-cash in Resource DEL

0

-4,110

90,030.872

645.078

90,675.950

Capital DEL

0

-0.520

1,932.811

2,777.301

4,710.112

Total Department of Health DEL

0

-4.630

96,377.176

2,188.255

98,565.431

Depreciation**

0

0

-785.594

-59.400

-844.994

Total Department of Health spending (after adjustment)

0

-4.630

95,591.582

2,128.855

97,720.437

Food Standards Agency

Resources

-0.399

136.689

136.689

of which:

Administration budget*

0.001

50.440

50.440

Near-cash in Resource DEL

-0.399

133.950

0.700

134.650

Capital

0.400

1.031

1.031

Total Food Standards Agency DEL

0.001

137.320

137.720

Depreciation**

-1.955

-1.955

Total Food Standards Agency spending (after adjustment)

0.001

135.765

135.765

* The total of “administration budget” and “near cash in resource DEL” figures may well be greater than the total resource DEL, due to definitions overlapping.

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

The Department of Health DEL has reduced by £4,630,000 made up of:

a transfer to the Office of the Parliamentary Commissioner for Administration and the Health Service Commissioner for England to allow for the change in responsibility for handling NHS complaints.

The Department of Health’s administration cost limit remains unchanged at £219,163,000.

The change to the Food Standards Agency element of the DEL is due to:

a transfer of £400,000 from programme into capital increasing it from £631,000 to £1,031,000 to fund infrastructure investment; and

a token increase in the FSA’s administration cost.