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TRANSPORT

Departmental Expenditure Limits

The Secretary of State for Transport (Mr. Alistair Darling): By convention Suplementary Estimates are published after an announcement on associated changes to the Departmental Expenditure Limit (DEL) and administration cost limit. Subject to parliamentary approval of the necessary estimate, the Department for Transport departmental expenditure limit for 2002–03 will be £8,928,473,000 and the administration costs limit will be £479,446,000.

The departmental expenditure limit comprises £8,146,571,000 transferred from the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister, following Machinery of

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Government changes, and a subsequent increase of £781,902,000. within the DEL change, the impact on resources and capital are as set out in the table:

£'000

ResourcesCapital
Transferred from ODPM3,078,3575,068,214
Change174,878607,024
New DEL3,253,2355,675,238,
Of which:
Voted1,862,9563,362,095
Non voted1,390,2792,313,143

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


(a) £139,627,000 for the Strategic Rail Authority (non-voted) to meet extra costs that have arisen on some passenger rail franchises;

(b) £11,173,000 to increase the Road Haulage Modernisation Fund (including £800,000 that has been transferred to the Department for Education and Skills for the Learning and Skills Council's training scheme for the road haulage industry);






(a) £7,230,000 for aviation services;

(b) £538,000 for London Underground PPP Advisors;

(c) £7,373,000 for the Strategic Rail Authority (non-voted);

(vii) an increase in receipts of £65,000 to offset capital expenditure on maintenance of the International Maritime Organization building. The change in the capital element of the DEL arises from:

(i) a call on the DEL reserve of £643,000,000 and a transfer of £100,000,000 from departmental unallocated provision to ensure continued funding of, and increased investment in, London Underground Limited;

(ii) a draw down of £9,100,000 from the Capital Modernisation Fund comprising:

(a) £8,600,000 for Electronic Service Delivery of Abnormal Loads; and

(b) £500,000 for the Vehicle Certification Agency's WIMS project;


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The administration costs limit comprises £483,246,000 transferred from the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister, following Machinery of Government changes, and a subsequent reduction of £3,800,000.

All of these changes will be offset by inter-departmental transfers or charged to the DEL Reserve and will not therefore add to the planned total of public expenditure.

CULTURE, MEDIA AND SPORT

Contingent Liabilities

The Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport (Tessa Jowell): The provision for the Government Indemnity Scheme is made by the National Heritage Act 1980. The scheme facilitates public access to loans of works of art and other objects for public display made to museums, galleries and other such institutions by private owners and non-national institutions. It does this by indemnifying lenders against loss or damage to their loan. Loans covered by the scheme must be for public benefit. The scheme also covers loans of such objects for study purposes within borrowing institutions, where this would contribute materially to the public's understanding or appreciation of the loan. Examples of this are: enhancing interpretation or explanation to the public of objects, or bringing into the public domain the conclusions of any study.

In the six month period ended 30 September, the following undertakings to indemnify were given under section 16 by the relevant Departments for objects on loan to national and non-national institutions:

   Numbers

Department for Culture, Media and Sport   608

Scottish Executive Education Department   253

The National Assembly for Wales   184

The value of contingent liabilities in respect of undertakings given at any time under section 16 and which remained outstanding as at 30 September is:

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Department for Culture, Media and Sport    £2,571,225,058

Scottish Executive Education Department    £493,725,877

The National Assembly for Wales    £57,572,660

The value of non-statutory Government indemnities to cover loans handled by the Government Art Collection and which remained outstanding as at 30 September is:    Value: £5,000,000

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The value of non-statutory Undertakings given to Her Majesty in respect of loans from the Royal Collection and which remained outstanding as at 30 September is:

   Value: £ 216,852,270

Winter Supplementary Estimate

The Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport (Tessa Jowell): Subject to Parliamentary approval of the necessary Supplementary Estimate, the Department for Culture, Media and Sport DEL will be increased by £66,867,000 from £1,263,906,000 to £1,330,773,000 and the Administration Costs limits will be increased by £6,970,000 from £35,196,000 to £42,166,000.

Within the DEL change, the impact on resources and capital are as set out in the following table:

ResourceCapital
Change New DELOf which: VotedNon-votedChangeNew DELOf which: votedNon-voted
£'000£'000£'000£'000£'000£'000£'000£'000
7,2401,167,397163,9291,003,46859,627163,376116,49546,881


The £7,240,000 increase in the voted element of the resource DEL for RfR1 arises from the transfer of £1,000,000 from the Home Office for the Spend for Sport initiative and £134,000 match funding of the Public Library Volunteer Scheme; the take up of £3,622,000 of discretionary end year flexibility provision for administrative costs; the transfer of £652,000 administration costs expenditure to the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister toward the expenses of running the regional Government Offices; and the take up of £3,136,000 of discretionary end year flexibility provision for the further development of Culture Online.

The £4,000,000 reduction in the non-voted element of the resource DEL for RfR1 arises from a transfer £4,000,000 from the Department's unallocated provision into administration costs.

The £6,970,000 increase in the Department's Administration Costs Limit arises from a transfer of £4,000,000 from the Department's unallocated provision into administration costs; the take up of £3,622,000 of discretionary end year flexibility provision for administrative costs; and the transfer of £652,000 administration costs expenditure to the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister toward the expenses of running the regional Government Offices.

The £59,627,000 increase in the voted element of the capital DEL for RfR1 arises from the take up of £50,460,000 of discretionary capital DEL end year flexibility provision under the Space for Sport and Art initiative; the draw down of £5,000,000 from the Capital Modernisation Fund for the further development of Culture Online; the take up of £3,534,000 of discretionary capital DEL end year flexibility for the Royal Parks; and the take up £633,000 of discretionary capital DEL end year flexibility for Administration and Research.

The increases will be offset by inter-departmental transfers or charged to the DEL Reserve and will not therefore add to the Planned total of Public Expenditure.


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