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SCOTLAND OFFICE

Departmental Expenditure Limits

The Secretary of State for Scotland (Mrs. Helen Liddell): Subject to parliamentary approval of the necessary Supplementary Estimate, the Scotland Departmental Expenditure Limit (DEL) will be increased by £514,577,000 from £17,775,734,000 to £18,290,311,000, and the administration costs limit will be increased by £200,000 from £6,502,000 to £6,702,000.

The DEL increase takes account of the following:










All of the increases add to the resource budget, and the capital budget of £100,000 is unchanged.

The increases will be offset by interdepartmental transfers as detailed above, classifications or charged to the DEL Reserve and will not therefore add to the planned total of public expenditure.

TREASURY

Indirect Tax Revenues

The Economic Secretary to the Treasury (John Healey): The Government's latest estimates of the revenue losses affecting VAT, tobacco duty and other indirect taxes, and the supporting methodologies, are set out in documents published today by HM Customs and Excise entitled 'Protecting Indirect Tax Revenues' and 'Measuring Indirect Tax Losses'. Both documents are available in the Libraries of both Houses.

DEPARTMENT OF TRADE AND INDUSTRY

Offshore Wind Industry

The Minister for Energy and Construction (Mr. Brian Wilson): I am pleased to inform hon. Members that I published on 22 November a consultation document proposing a strategic framework for the future of the offshore wind industry.

This country is very rich in wind resources. Harnessing the wind to generate electricity means that we have a sustainable and secure long term supply of energy. An important added benefit is that generating electricity from the wind does not release carbon and other pollutants into the atmosphere. The wind energy industry is well established onshore and single turbines and larger wind farms are already generating electricity for homes and businesses.

The wind resource out at sea is substantial and offers considerable potential for expansion of the wind energy industry. The offshore wind energy industry could make a significant contribution, perhaps as much as 50%, to meeting the Government's target that 10% of electricity supplies should be generated from renewable sources by 2010. Expansion on this scale would bring significant investment and job opportunities.

The first step in realising this potential has already been taken when in December 2000 the Crown Estate invited the industry to apply for site leases for wind farms. The response was most encouraging. 20 wind farms are planned for various locations around the coast The first of these wind farms is expected to be constructed next year.

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Winter Supplementary Estimate

The Secretary of State for Trade and Industry (Mrs. Patricia Hewitt): Subject to Parliamentary approval of

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the necessary Supplementary Estimate, British Trade International's Resource DEL will be increased by £3,707,000 from £92,131,000 to £95,838,000. Within the DEL change, the impact on resources and capital are set out in the following table.

Resources Capital
ChangeNew DELOf Which: VotedNon- votedChangeNew DELOf Which: VotedNon- voted
3,70795,83895,838002482480


The change in the resource element of the DEL arises from a transfer in resources from the Department of Trade and Industry to British Trade International of £2,000,000 in respect of the Global Partnerships programme; £156,000 in respect of the Pacific Rim Electronics Association (PREBA) and the Japan Electronics Business Association (JEBA); and take up of £1,551,000 of End Year Flexibility entitlement which is required to resource increased trade development activity in the English regions, including providing full support to new companies recruited to the Passport programme in 2002/03.

The increase will be offset by transfers or changes to the DEL Reserves and will not therefore add to the planned total of Public expenditure.

ENVIRONMENT, FOOD AND RURAL AFFAIRS

Sustainable Development in Government

The Minister for the Environment (Mr. Michael Meacher): I am delighted to announce that the XSustainable Development in Government 1st Annual Report" has been published today. This replaces the Greening Government Annual reports of the last Parliament. The change in title reflects the Government's commitment to considering economic, environmental and social impacts of the operation of the Government Estate and in policy making processes.

The report is presented in two parts; Part 1 is a summary of the progress and achievements across Government against the commitments and priorities set out in the 3rd Annual Report on Greening Government last year; Part 2 of the report will be in the form of a database giving details of the performance of every department. The database will be available on the Government's Sustainable development website—www.sustainable-development.gov.uk/ar2002/index.htm

There is also an executive summary of the report which highlights major achievements and priorities. The information contained within Part 2 has been transferred to CD-ROM and placed alongside copies of Part 1 and the executive summary in the libraries of both Houses.

Office of Water Services

(Winter Supplementary Estimate)

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Mr. Elliot Morley): Subject to Parliamentary approval of the necessary Supplementary Estimate, the Office of Water Services DEL will be increased by £1,700,000 from £24,000 to £1,676,000 and the administration costs limits will be increased by £1,100,000 from £11,302,000 to £12,402,000.

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

ResourcesCapital
Change New DELOf which: VotedNon-votedChangeNew DELOf which: votedNon-voted
1,100541541N/A6001,1351,135N/A


The increase in the resource element of the DEL £1,100,000 arises from the take up of end of year flexibility of administration costs.

The increase in the capital element of the DEL £600,000 arises from an investment in the development of a new financial model. This will be used in the next review of prices and will be shared with the industry and the website development costs.

Department Expenditure Limits

The Minister for Rural Affairs (Alun Michael): Subject to Parliamentary approval of the Supplementary Estimate, the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs' DEL will be increased by £323,006,000 from £2,135,714,000 to £2,458,720,000, and the administration costs limit will be increased by £94,091,000 from £392,599,000 to £486,690,000. Within the DEL change, the impact on resources and capital are set out in the following table:

£'000s

ResourcesCapital
Change New DELOf which: VotedNon-votedChangeNew DELOf which: votedNon-voted
+245,3391,842,1961,475,257366,939+77,667616,524519,14197,383


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The change in the resource element of the DEL arises from: i) a draw down of £136,900,000 from the DEL Reserve for various Departmental priorities including FMD, ii) a take-up of our entitlement to £69,300,000 under End-Year flexibility, iii) a take-up of £2,000,000 programme resources from the November 2000 Flood Defence Package, iv) a switch of £12,100,000 programme resources to administrative resources, as agreed with Treasury, v) a transfer from RfR1 to RfR2 of £128,000,000 in respect of England Rural Development Plan (ERDP), vi) a transfer of £70,000 programme resources to LCD for Countryside Rights of Way Act, vii) a transfer of £105,000 programme resources to DTI for the Farm Business Advice Service (FBAS) and, viii) to take-up transfers from ex DTLR of £37,114,000 held over from last year, ix) to take-up £200,000 programme resources from DfT for fishermen's training.

Our EYF resource entitlement above includes £34,522,000 budget cover (non-Estimate) for the British Waterways Board (BWB), one of our Public Corporations.

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The change in the capital element of the DEL arises from: i) a draw-down of £3,000,000 from the DEL Reserve for Departmental priorities, ii) a take-up of our entitlement to £59,667,000 under End-Year flexibility and, iii) a take-up of £15,000,000 from the November 2000 Flood Defence Package.

Our EYF capital entitlement above includes £8,461,000 budget cover (non-Estimate) for the BWB.

The increase will either be offset by transfers or charged to the DEL Reserve and will not therefore add to the planned total of public expenditure.


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