Northern Ireland Budget (No. 2) Bill (HL Bill 123)

A

BILL

TO

Authorise the issue out of the Consolidated Fund of Northern Ireland of
certain sums for the service of the year ending 31 March 2019; to appropriate
those sums for specified purposes; to authorise the Department of Finance in
Northern Ireland to borrow on the credit of the appropriated sums; to
authorise the use for the public service of certain resources (including
accruing resources) for the year ending 31 March 2019; and to repeal certain
spent provisions.

Be it enacted by the Queen’s most Excellent Majesty, by and with the advice and
consent of the Lords Spiritual and Temporal, and Commons, in this present
Parliament assembled, and by the authority of the same, as follows:—

1 Issue of sum out of the Consolidated Fund for the year ending 31 March 2019
and appropriation of that sum

(1) The Department may issue out of the Consolidated Fund and apply to the
service of the year ending 31 March 2019 the sum of £8,907,660,000.

(2) 5That sum is appropriated for the purposes specified in Schedule 1.

2 Power of the Department of Finance to borrow

(1) The Department may borrow on the credit of the sum specified in section 1(1)
any sum or sums not exceeding in total £4,453,830,000.

(2) Any money so borrowed is to be repaid, with any interest due on it, out of the
10Consolidated Fund not later than 31 March 2019.

3 Use of resources (other than accruing resources) in the year ending 31 March
2019

(1) For the purposes of section 6(1) of the 2001 Act, this section authorises the use
of resources in the year ending 31 March 2019 by the persons mentioned in
15subsection (3) to the amount of £9,934,658,000.

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(2) In that year, resources may be used by a person mentioned in that subsection
for the purposes specified in relation to that person in column 1 of Schedule 2
up to the amounts specified in the corresponding entries in column 2 of that
Schedule.

(3) 5The persons are—

(a) the Northern Ireland departments;

(b) the Food Standards Agency;

(c) the Northern Ireland Assembly Commission;

(d) the Northern Ireland Audit Office;

(e) 10the Northern Ireland Authority for Utility Regulation;

(f) the Northern Ireland Public Services Ombudsman;

(g) the Public Prosecution Service for Northern Ireland.

(4) In this section “resources” does not include accruing resources within the
meaning of section 8(1) of the 2001 Act.

4 15Limits on use of certain accruing resources in the year ending 31 March 2019

(1) For the purposes of section 8(1) of the 2001 Act, this section sets the relevant
limits on the accruing resources that may be directed to be used for certain
purposes in the year ending 31 March 2019 in addition to resources authorised
by this Act or any other statutory provision to be used for those purposes in
20that year.

(2) In that year accruing resources not exceeding the amount specified in column
3 of Schedule 2 may be directed to be used for the purposes specified in the
corresponding entries in column 1 of that Schedule.

5 Act to take effect as if it were a Budget Act of the Assembly etc

(1) 25The authorisations and appropriations in this Act, and the limits set by it, are
to take effect as if they were authorisations and appropriations in, and limits
set by, an Act of the Northern Ireland Assembly; and accordingly any reference
in any statutory provision to a Budget Act of the Assembly is to be regarded as
including a reference to this Act.

(2) 30The 2001 Act applies in respect of the year ending 31 March 2019 with the
following modifications—

(a) section 6(4) has effect as if for “if an estimate is approved by the
Assembly for that body or person in respect of each financial year”
there were substituted “if an estimate is laid before Parliament for that
35body or person in respect of the year ending 31 March 2019”;

(b) section 9(1) has effect as if for “for which an estimate is approved by the
Assembly in respect of a financial year” there were substituted “for
which an estimate is laid before Parliament in respect of the year
ending 31 March 2019”;

(c) 40section 13(1) has effect as if for “where an estimate is approved by the
Assembly for any body or person in respect of any financial year” there
were substituted “where an estimate is laid before Parliament for any
body or person in respect of the year ending 31 March 2019”.

(3) For the purposes of preparing accounts for the year ending 31 March 2019 for—

(a) 45the Northern Ireland Audit Office (as required by Article 6(3) of the
Audit (Northern Ireland) Order 1987), or

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(b) the office of the Northern Ireland Public Services Ombudsman (as
required by paragraph 19 of Schedule 1 to the Public Services
Ombudsman Act (Northern Ireland) 2016),

any estimate of the use of resources for that year that is laid before Parliament
5is to be treated as if it had been laid before the Northern Ireland Assembly
under Article 6(2) of that Order or (as the case may be) under paragraph 18 of
Schedule 1 to that Act.

6 Repeal of spent provisions

The following Acts (which are spent) are repealed—

  • 10the Budget Act (Northern Ireland) 2015;

  • the Budget (No. 2) Act (Northern Ireland) 2015.

7 Interpretation

In this Act—

  • “the 2001 Act” means the Government Resources and Accounts Act
    15(Northern Ireland) 2001;

  • “the Consolidated Fund” means the Consolidated Fund of Northern
    Ireland;

  • “the Department” means the Department of Finance in Northern Ireland;

  • “Northern Ireland department” has the same meaning as in the Northern
    20Ireland Act 1998;

  • “statutory provision” has the same meaning as in section 1(f) of the
    Interpretation Act (Northern Ireland) 1954.

8 Short title

This Act may be cited as the Northern Ireland Budget Act 2018.


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SCHEDULES

Section 1

SCHEDULE 1 Sums granted for the year ending 31 March 2019

Purpose Sums Granted
(£)
DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE,
ENVIRONMENT AND RURAL AFFAIRS
 
For expenditure by the Department of Agriculture,
Environment and Rural Affairs on the provision of
agricultural and educational services, research and
development and grants to societies, associations,
institutions and clubs for agri-food purposes and rural
development; provision of veterinary services including
animal health and welfare, contingency planning and
exercising, veterinary public health, international
veterinary certification of live animals and animal
products, payments of compensation to farmers for
animals culled in disease control programmes;
developing expertise in wildlife interventions; provision
of policy support and legislation for the agri-food and
equine industries, veterinary medicines, dog control and
rural needs; protection for all aspects of animal, bee and
plant health and welfare; protection and conservation of
sea fisheries, inland fisheries and aquaculture; grants and
grants-in-aid for the Agri-Food and Biosciences Institute,
the Loughs Agency of the Foyle, Carlingford and Irish
Lights Commission, the Northern Ireland Fishery
Harbour Authority, the Livestock and Meat Commission
for Northern Ireland and the Agricultural Wages Board
for Northern Ireland; grants for scientific services by
other bodies; providing hardship assistance;
conservation; natural heritage; environmental legislation
and protection; operation of the carrier bag levy;
payments for Coastal Communities Fund projects;
regulation, maintenance, protection, development and
conservation of forests and preparation for wind-farm
development; payments under European Union
Programmes and Funds including the Common
Agricultural Policy and disallowance; payments to
180,584,000

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Purpose Sums Granted
(£)
district councils and other approved delivery bodies;
administration costs and severance payments.
 
DEPARTMENT FOR COMMUNITIES  
For expenditure by the Department for Communities on
social security administration; payment of social security
benefits, other benefits and National Insurance credits to
people of working age, to pensioners and customers
abroad and to people with disabilities and their carers,
provision of grants, compensation, discretionary grants
and loans and repayment of loans; loans for support for
mortgage interest and certain home improvement loans
provision of youth and adult employment services
programmes and skills training programmes; sums
payable into the Social Fund for expenditure on grants,
loans and payments; sums payable to the Northern
Ireland National Insurance Fund for associated statutory
payments; payment of the cash value of European
Commission officials transferable state pension rights to
the pension scheme of the European Union Institution;
employment schemes and services, including those for
people with disabilities, and career information, advice
and guidance services; promoting and protecting the
interests of children, older people, people with
disabilities, and other socially excluded groups;
Financial Assistance Scheme; child maintenance service;
housing services, including discretionary payments,
loans and subsidies; housing led regeneration; regulation
of the NI Housing Association sector; arts, creativity,
museums, libraries, linguistic and cultural diversity,
sport, recreation and other services; historic environment
and payments to hold or support events; acquisition and
preservation of, and provision of access to, archival
heritage; residual payments in relation to the wind up of
the Northern Ireland Events Company; urban
regeneration including services such as property
maintenance and events; community and voluntary
sector; the cost of services provided to the Syrian
Vulnerable Person Relocation Scheme; grants to district
councils in support of local services and transferred
functions; payments to Local Government Staff
Commission Northern Ireland; emergency financial
assistance; built heritage; North/South Language Body;
payments under European Union Structural Funds
2,535,377,000

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Purpose Sums Granted
(£)
Programmes; sums payable under the Fresh Start
Agreement; delivering the Programme for Government;
the costs of administering services provided to the
Department for Work and Pensions, other departments
and partner organisations; administration costs, including
developmental work on systems; grants and grants-in-
aid; severance payments; grant funding for delivery of
the All-Island Local Authority Programme.
 
DEPARTMENT FOR THE ECONOMY  
For expenditure by the Department for the Economy on
economic development; Innovation, Research and
Development policy including policy evaluation and
departmental research; assistance to aircraft and
shipbuilding industries (including the residual costs in
connection with the privatisation of aircraft and
shipbuilding companies); support in relation to air
access; economic infrastructure in support of economic
development including regulatory reform, mineral and
petroleum licensing, geological research and
safeguarding abandoned mines; energy policy and
legislation; sustainable energy, including energy
efficiency measures; assistance to the gas and electricity
industries; Renewable Heat Incentive Scheme and
associated costs; investment in telecommunications
infrastructure with a view to facilitating improvements in
networks or access to services; grant-in-aid to
InterTradeIreland and Invest Northern Ireland including
hardship payments to industry; grant-in-aid to Northern
Ireland Screen; development of tourism including grant-
in-aid to the Northern Ireland Tourist Board (trading as
Tourism Northern Ireland) and Tourism Ireland
Company Limited by Guarantee (trading as Tourism
Ireland); grant-in-aid to the General Consumer Council
for Northern Ireland and the Health and Safety Executive
for Northern Ireland; business regulation including
company law, Insolvency Service, trading standards and
consumer affairs services; Mutuals policy, legislation and
operations; repayment of funds made available to the
Presbyterian Mutual Society to make payments to
eligible persons; social economy; higher education
(including universities and colleges of education); further
education; youth and adult skills training; management
and enterprise training; student support and other matters
630,399,000

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Purpose Sums Granted
(£)
relating to tertiary education, including grants-in-aid to
certain bodies, grants in respect of Education
Maintenance Allowances and certain payments to the
Department of Education, Northern Ireland, the
Department for Education in England, the Department of
Business, Energy and Industry Strategy and the British
Council; repayment of loans; labour market services
including employment law, tribunals, labour relations
and employer support; employment schemes and
services, including those for people with disabilities, and
career information, advice and guidance services;
payments under European Union Structural Funds
Programmes; preparations pertaining to the economy for
the UK exiting the European Union; administration costs
including redundancy payments, severance payments and
other related services.
 
DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION  
General  
For expenditure by the Department of Education on pre-
school education, schools (including library and support
services for schools and pupils), other related services;
certain services for children, young people and families;
associated departmental administration and services,
including settlement of NICS equal pay claims; grants
and grants-in-aid to the Education Authority for certain
services (including for core and school-related
administration); grants and grants-in-aid to certain other
bodies; payments by the Department in respect of certain
teachers’ salaries; repayment of loans; payments under
the European Union Programme for Peace and
Reconciliation; severance payments; the youth service,
children’s services, childcare services, community
relations measures for young people, other related
services; grants and grants-in-aid to the Education
Authority for youth service and community relations
provision and directly associated administration..
1,164,913,000
DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION  
Teachers' superannuation  
For expenditure by the Department of Education on 124,375,000

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Purpose Sums Granted
(£)
pensions, allowances, gratuities etc; certain payments to
the Northern Ireland National Insurance Fund; certain
payments in respect of premature retirement
compensation made to members of the scheme and on
behalf of their employers.
 
DEPARTMENT OF FINANCE  
General  
For expenditure by the Department of Finance on finance
and personnel policy including Public Sector Reform;
Business Consultancy Services; the Central Procurement
Directorate; the Departmental Solicitor’s Office; Internal
Audit Services; NICS shared services for personnel,
finance, ICT, training, digital transformation and service
related administration costs; NICS Accommodation
Services; grant-in-aid payments; receipt of grants; the
administration of centralised funds; services provided by
the Northern Ireland Statistics and Research Agency and
Land and Property Services; grants to district councils;
operational and programme costs of the Special
European Union Programmes Body; payment and
income under the European Union structural funds
programmes; the sponsorship and provision of
secretariats in respect of other independent bodies; other
common services; settlement of NICS equal pay claims
and severance payments.
106,445,000
DEPARTMENT OF FINANCE  
Superannuation and other allowances  
For expenditure by the Department of Finance on
pensions, lump sums, transfers out, refunds, injury
benefit, compensation, tax and gratuities to or in respect
of persons covered by the NICS Pension Arrangements,
the Civil Service Compensation Scheme (NI) and the
Civil Service Injury Benefit Scheme (NI).
62,030,000
DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH  
General  
For expenditure by the Department of Health on hospital,
paramedic and ambulance services; community health
2,852,008,000

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Purpose Sums Granted
(£)
services; family health services; social care services;
public health and wellbeing programmes; training;
European Union programmes; firefighting, rescue and
fire safety services; severance payments; administration
and related services.
 
DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH  
Health and Social Care Pension Scheme  
For expenditure by the Department of Health on pension
scheme benefits to or in respect of persons engaged in
health and social care or other approved employment.
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DEPARTMENT FOR INFRASTRUCTURE  
For expenditure by the Department for Infrastructure on
design, construction and maintenance of roads, bridges,
walking and cycling infrastructure, footpaths, street
lighting and car parks; purchase of land, property,
vehicles, ferries, plant, computer software, equipment
and stores; public liability claims; costs associated with
the decriminalisation of parking enforcement; costs
associated with the enforcement of moving traffic
offences; maintenance of designated watercourses and
sea defences, construction of drainage and flood defence
structures, protection of drainage function of all
watercourses, implementation of European Union Floods
Directive, enhancing community resilience to flooding,
development of reservoir safety legislation and support
for Drainage Council for Northern Ireland; road safety
services; driver licensing, driver and vehicle testing,
transport licensing and enforcement; issue of
Commercial Bus Service Permits; operation and
maintenance of the Strangford Ferry; support for and
grants in respect of the Rathlin Island ferry service and
works to Ballycastle and Rathlin Harbours; support for
air and sea ports; support for transport services including
grants in respect of rail and road passenger services
including fare concessions, fuel duty rebate, transport for
people with disabilities, rural transport, provision and
maintenance of bus shelters, purchase of buses and
rolling stock and capital works; sustainable transport,
Active School Travel Programme; Ultra Low Emission
Vehicle strategies; energy matters; planning services,
435,720,000