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Foreign and Commonwealth Office: DEL

Volume 707: debated on Thursday 12 February 2009

Statement

My right honourable friend the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs (David Miliband) has made the following Written Ministerial Statement.

Subject to parliamentary approval of any necessary supplementary estimate, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office Departmental Expenditure Limit (DEL) will be increased by £128,154,000 from £2,080,557,000 to £2,208,711,000. The administration budget will be decreased by £18,000 from £430,535,000 to £430,517,000. Within the DEL change, the impact on resources and capital are as set out in the following table:

Change £000New DEL £000

Voted

Non-Voted

Voted

Non-Voted

Total

Resource

98,154

-

2,074,701

3,000

2,077,701

Of which:

Administration budget *

-18

-

430,517

-

430,517

Near-cash in Resource DEL

118,154

-

1,923,647

17,000

1,940,647

Capital**

10,000

-

216,060

-

216,060

Depreciation

20,000

-

-85,050

-

-85,050

Total

128,154

-

2,205,711

3,000

2,208,711

* The total of “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:

Request for Resources 1

Administration

£18,000 transfer of administration budget to DIUS for Government Skills.

Programme

take-up of £10,800,000 other current EYF in respect of restructuring;

take-up of £6,500,000 other current EYF in respect of adverse currency fluctuations;

claim on the Reserve of £24,500,000 other current in respect of Consular Premiums;

claim on the Reserve of £24,000,000 current grants in respect of the International Subscriptions cost-sharing agreement;

transfer of £4,700,000 from the Home Office for work on migration;

transfer of £1,000,000 other current from DfID in respect of the Returns and Reintegration Fund;

transfer of £200,000 other current from DfID in respect of bilateral project work in Africa;

transfer of £11,120,000 other current to the Security and Intelligence Agencies for expansion and capability;

transfer of £1,800,000 other current to MoD for counternarcotics work in Afghanistan;

transfer of £270,000 other current to the Security and Intelligence Agencies for expansion and capability;

transfer of £104,000 other current to the Home Office in respect of gratis visas for Zenit St Petersburg fans; and

transfer of £10,000,000 other current to capital in respect of capital pressures, in particular FCO Services capitalisation.

Neutral Changes

to reflect the estimated indirect resource impact of the introduction of the IFRS Financial Instruments trigger point 1 on unrealised gains for forward purchase of sterling contracts of £80,000,000, with an offsetting debit in impairments;

transfer of £39,400,000 other current from RfR1 to RfR2 in respect of peacekeeping pool funds in Africa;

transfer from depreciation to near cash other current of £20,000,000;

transfer of £6,900,000 other current to British Council in respect of exchange rate fluctuations and the cost of the Turner exhibition in China;

budget-neutral increase in A-in-A and administration costs of £20,000,000 for services provided to partners across government, including FTN telecom charges;

budget-neutral increase in A-in-A and other current of £22,000,000 for consular fees;

budget-neutral increase in A-in-A and other current of £309,700,000 for UKBA charges following the MoG change; and

budget-neutral increase in A-in-A and other current of £600,000 in respect of FCOS interest payments.

Request for Resources 2

Programme

a claim on the Reserve of £27,600,000 current grants in respect of the take up of the balance of peacekeeping pool funds of which £13,925,000 for Africa and £13,675,000 for rest of world;

transfer of £15,350,000 current grants from MoD in respect of the Stabilisation Aid Fund of which £13,600,000 is for work in Afghanistan and £1,750,000 for work in Iraq;

transfer of £1,000,000 current grants from DfID in respect of global conflict prevention work;

transfer of £6,516,000 current grants from DfID in respect of conflict prevention work in Africa;

transfer of £216,000 current grants from DfID in respect of work in Ghana by the Carter Centre; and

transfer of £916,000 to DfID in respect of management of Stabilisation Aid Fund projects in Afghanistan.

Neutral Changes

transfer of £39,400,000 other current from RfR1 to RfR2 in respect of peacekeeping pool funds in Africa.

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

Request for Resources 1

Capital

transfer of £10,000,000 other current to capital in respect of capital pressures, in particular FCO Services capitalisation.