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The Deputy Prime Minister (Mr. John Prescott): Subject to Parliamentary approval of any necessary Supplementary Estimate, the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister's Departmental Expenditure Limits for 200304 will change as follows:
(1) the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister's Main Programmes DEL will be increased by £272,415,000 from £6,914,649,000 to £7,187,064,000 and the administration costs limit will be decreased by £6,003,000 from £396,378,000 to £390,375,000. Within the DEL change, the impact on resources and capital are as set out in the following table:
(i) take up of End Year Flexibility of £286,081,000 comprising: (a) £85,888,000 for the Regional Development Agencies; (b) £45,000,000 for European Structural Funds; (c) £11,656,000 for the Sustainable Communities Plan; (d) £67,000,000 for Housing programmes expenditure; (e) £37,290,000 for Fire Services (transitional funding, expenditure on fire dispute including Ministry of Defence costs and New Dimension Search and Rescue; (f) £332,000 from the Invest to Save Budget for Fire Services; (g) £2,293,000 for the Fire Service College; (h) £6,601,000 for Ordnance Survey expenditure and capital charge on the trading fund's assets; (i) £21,000 for New Ventures Fund; (j) £30,000,000 non-voted for English Partnerships; (ii) a net transfer of £12,712,000 to other government departments, comprising: (a) £109,000 from The Scottish Executive for housing; (b) £1,000,000 from Department for Work and Pensions for Housing; (c) £1,798,000 (administration costs) from Cabinet Office to cover the rent and service charges on 26 Whitehall; (d) £342,000 (administration costs) from the Office of National Statistics for work on housing, the physical environment, fire and Best Value Performance Indicators; (e) £19,000 (administration costs) from Home Office for work on antisocial behaviour; (f) £47,000 (administration costs) from Department for Education and Skills to Government Offices administration for work on their core agenda; (g) £360,000 (administration costs) from the Home Office to Government Offices administration to cover work on the Criminal Justice Interventions and Treatment programme; (h) £3,963,000 European Structural Funds provision to Department of Transport;
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(i) £1,350,000 to Department for Education and Skills, £1,600,000 to Department for Work and Pension for Job Centre Plus and pension services, £2,155,000 to Home Office for adventure capital and capacity building funds; (j) £425,000 (administration costs) to Department of Constitutional Affairs in respect of the transfer of work on devolution; (k) £6,189,000 (administration costs) to Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs to cover the baseline budget for Ashdown House retail rent; (l) £705,000 (administration costs) to the Department for Transport to cover interdepartmental services; (iii) An increase in receipts of £33,431,000 to offset similar increases in provision of £15,568,000 for administration costs, £5,504,000 for Government Offices administration costs, £8,743,000 for Fire services, £2,573,000 for The Planning Inspectorate Executive Agency, £510,000 for Ordnance Survey Trading Fund, £225,000 for Housing services, £306,000 for Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre Executive Agency Trading Fund and £2,000 for Planning. (iv) A transfer of £54,471,000 from resource investment to capital within Sustainable Communities. (v) A transfer of £376,949,000 from resource investment to capital within the Regional Development Agencies. (vi) A transfer of £11,000,000 to resource investment from capital within the European Structural Funds. This reflects the correction of the split between capital grants to local authorities and capital grants to the private sector. (vii) A transfer of £2,564,000 to resource investment from capital due to a classification error within Fire Services. (viii) A transfer of £390,000 to Request for Resources 2 from Request for Resources 1. (ix) A net transfer of £769,000 from voted to non-voted provisions comprising: (a) a transfer of £4,555,000 to non-voted DEL for South East of England Development Agency work in delivering Other Growth Area and Thames Gateway projects and to support Thurrock Urban Development Corporation; (b) transfers of £1,470,000 and £1,750,000 from Sustainable Communities Plan and New Ventures Fund respectively to non-voted DEL; (c) a transfer of £459,000 to non-voted Housing Corporation; (d) a transfer of £2,000,000 from non-voted resource investment DEL to voted capital DEL for Housing programmes; (e) a transfer of £2,300,000 to voted DEL for the Thames Gateway programmes; (f) a transfer of £3,165,000 to voted DEL to fund capital charge on Fire Service College assets;
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(iii) A transfer of £376,949,000 from resource investment to capital within the Regional Development Agencies.
(vii) Within the capital element of the DEL there is a net transfer of £10,130,000 from voted to non-voted provision comprising of: £1,030,000 from voted to non-voted provisions in respect of the Ordnance Survey Trading Fund; a transfer of £2,000,000 from non-voted resource DEL to capital DEL for Housing programme; a transfer of £10,800,000 to non-voted DEL for English Partnership work on Pathfinder projects and a transfer of £300,000 to non voted Housing Corporation.
(2) The Office of the Deputy Prime Minister's Local Government DEL will be increased by £1,923,000 from £41,359,492,000 to £41,361,415,000. Within the DEL change, the impact on resources and capital are as set out in the following table:
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