Select Committee on Environment, Transport and Regional Affairs Minutes of Evidence


Explanatory Memorandum from the Department of the Environment, Transport and the Regions (EST 98A)

PART II—COMMENTARY ON THE SUPPLY ESTIMATES

CLASS VI, VOTE 7: OTHER EXECUTIVE AGENCIES

  More details can be found in the Annual Report 1998: chapters 1, 7, 8 and 15 and Tables A5, A6, A11, A12, A13, A14 and A15.
Vote total

£000

Final net provision 1996-97209,996
Provision sought 1998-99117,472
Change-92,524
Change (Per cent)-44 Per cent
Final net provision 1997-98128,634
Provision sought 1998-99117,472
Change-11,162
Change (Per cent)-9 Per cent


  This Vote replaces the former Class V, Vote 6 (Department of Transport: other transport agencies).

  The Vote contains provision for the Maritime and Coastguard Agency and the Planning Inspectorate Executive Agency, which are subject to gross running cost control; the Vehicle Certification Agency, which is subject to net running cost control; loans to the Vehicle Inspectorate, the Driving Standards Agency and the Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre Executive Agency trading funds; payments to the Meteorological Office; and the capital charge for the Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre.

  Until 1997-98 the equivalent Vote contained provision for the Coastguard and Marine Safety Agencies (which merged to become the Maritime and Coastguard Agency on 1 April 1998), the Vehicle Certification Agency, the Vehicle Inspectorate, the Driving Standards Agency and payments to the Meteorological Office. Provision for the Planning Inspectorate Executive Agency, the Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre and residual costs of the former Building Research Establishment Executive Agency was included in Class VI, Vote 5, (Department of the Environment: administration).

  Individual Sections where the level of provision has changed significantly:
Section H—Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre Executive Agency

£000

Final net provision 1996-975,492
Provision sought 1998-991
Change-5,491
Change (Per cent)-100 Per cent
Final net provision 1997-986,400
Provision sought 1998-991
Change-6,399
Change (Per cent)-100 Per cent


Annual Report 1998— Chapter 1, figure 1f

  Up to 31 March 1998 the Department paid the rent of the Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre to the Property Advisors to the Civil Estate (PACE); from 1 April 1998 the Department pays a self-administered capital charge.

Remnant sections
Residual costs of the former Building Research Establishment
Executive Agency

£000

Final net provision 1996-974,395
Provision sought 1998-990
Change-4,395
Change (Per cent)-100 Per cent
Final net provision 1997-98-324
Provision sought 1998-990
Change+324
Change (Per cent)


Annual Report 1998—Chapter 1, figure 1f

  The Building Research Establishment Executive Agency was privatised in March 1997. The outturn for 1996-97 reflects the net position on the day to day running costs prior to privatisation. The low level of expenditure in 1997-98 relates to VAT receipts carried over from the previous year.
Cash injection to the Queen Elizabeth Conference Centre
Executive Agency (Trading Fund)

£000

Final net provision 1997-981,085
Provision sought 1998-99
Change-1,085
Change (Per cent)


Annual Report 1998—Chapter 1, figure 1f

  The Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre Executive Agency became a Trading Fund in 1997-98. There was a one-off payment to the Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre Executive Agency Trading Fund during 1997-98 in respect of client deposits received and accounted for in 1996-97.
Cash injection to the Driving Standards Agency (Trading Fund)

£000

Final net provision 1997-987,000
Provision sought 1998-99
Change-7,000
Change (Per cent)


Annual Report 1998—Chapter 1, figure 1f

  There was a cash injection to the Driving Standards Agency Trading Fund in 1997-98. The cash injection related to fees paid in advance and it has formed part of the assets appropriated to the Trading Fund.
Driving Standards Agency

£000

Final net provision 1996-9782,350
Provision sought 1998-990
Change-82,350
Change (Per cent)


Annual Report 1998—Chapter 1, figure 1f

  Up to 1996-97 provision was sought for the Driving Standards Agency (DSA) which became a trading fund on 1 April 1997.


 
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