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Government Equalities Office

Volume 707: debated on Thursday 12 February 2009

Statement

My right honourable friend the Minister for Women and Equality (Harriet Harman) has made the following Statement.

Subject to parliamentary approval of the necessary supplementary estimate, the Government Equalities Office Departmental Expenditure Limit will increase by £1,000 from £83,602,000 to £83,603,000 and the administration budget will increase by £4,001,000 from £4,085,000 to £8,086,000.

Within the Departmental Expenditure Limit change, the impact on resource and capital is as set out in the following table:

Change £kNew Departmental Expenditure Limit £k

Voted

Non-voted

Total

Voted

Non-voted

Total

Resource

1

-

1

14,006

63,161

77,167

of which:

Administration

4,001

-

4,001

8,086

-

8,086

Near-cash

-

-

-

14,005

62,773

76,778

Capital

-

-

-

-

7,000

7,000

Depreciation1

-

-

-

-564

-564

Total

1

-

1

14,006

69,597

83,603

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

Resource Departmental Expenditure Limit

The change in the Resource Departmental Expenditure Limit arises from a token increase to the administration forecast, where a department's expenditure within the Estimate is wholly offset by income, so that a token amount of £1,000 is voted.

Administration Costs Limit

The movement in the Administration Cost Limit arises from a funding exchange between the Government Equalities Office and Department for Work and Pensions, in which the Government Equalities Office has exchanged programme funding for administration funding, to ease the funding pressures arising from the creation of the Government Equalities Office as a stand alone Department.