My right honourable friend the Secretary of State for Scotland (Jim Murphy) has made the following Written Ministerial Statement.
Subject to parliamentary approval of the necessary supplementary estimates, the departmental expenditure limit (DEL) provision for the Scotland DEL will be increased by £329,774,000 (of which £157,206,000 is depreciation) from £27,287,375,000 to £27,459,943,000.
The administration of the Scotland Office DEL will remain unchanged.
The Scotland DEL increase takes account of the following routine adjustments to the Scottish Executive provision:
the take-up of end-year flexibility (EYF) by the Scottish Executive amounting to £300,000,000;
the take-up of 2008 Budget consequentials by the Scottish Executive amounting to £13,095,000;
and a switch of £115,562,000 from near-cash to non-cash in respect of increased depreciation charges in the Scottish NHS.
The DEL increase also includes the following changes, amounting to a net increase of £16,679,000. These are:
a transfer for £15,910,000 from the Department for Transport; and
a transfer for £769,000 from the Department for Transport.
The increases will be added to the planned total of public expenditure to fund spending commitments in the current financial year.