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The Minister for Housing and Planning (Yvette Cooper): The Government will legislate to modernise the Housing Corporation's decision making arrangements as necessary, at the earliest opportunity. This will clarify its ability to delegate decisions from the Board to subcommittees and to officers.
The Secretary of State for Education and Skills (Ruth Kelly): Subject to Parliamentary approval of any necessary Supplementary Estimate, the Department for Education and Skills Departmental Expenditure Limit (DEL) (including the Office for Her Majesty's Chief Inspector of Schools (OFSTED) which has a separate Estimate) will be increased by £264,668,000 from £30,765,762,000 to £31,030,430,000 and the administration costs limits will be increased by £337,000 from £276,418,000 to £276,755,000.
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The increase in the resource element of the DEL of £390,798,000 arises from a £445,175,000 decrease in the voted element of the resource DEL and an increase of £835,973,000 in the non-voted element of the resource DEL mainly to the Department's Non-Departmental Public Bodies.
A £785,273,000 movement to non-voted, to support Schools and Teachers £226,489,000, to support Further Education and Lifelong Learning £427,958,000, to support Higher Education £118,192,000 and to support Children and Families £12,634,000. A movement from Schools capital £148,065,000 for City Academies £125,934,000, for Information Technology in Schools £13,369,000, Music and Ballet Schools £1,502,000 and for the Children and Workforce Development Council £7,260,000. The take up of End Year Flexibility of £29,267,000 for 1419 Year Old programmes £16,615,000, Schools Standards £3,992,000, City Technology Colleges £3,790,000, Offender education £3,275,000, Foundation Degrees £1,000,000, Departmental Publicity and Research £539,000 and Derby College £56,000. A movement from RFR2 £29,800,000 for Childcare Support. A movement from RFR3 £22,196,000 for Local Area Agreements. A reduction of £56,900,000 of receipts for the Scientific Research Investment Fund. An increase of £3,586,000 in receipts for the Knowledge Transfer Funding for
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Universities. Transfers from the Cabinet Office £337,000 for the Parliamentary Council Office, from the Home Office £500,000 for Offender Education. Transfers to the Home Office £1,000,000 for the Leave to Remain Programme, the Department of Constitutional Affairs £2,743,000 for the Children's Adoption Act, to the Department of Health £125,000 for the Bichard Vetting Project and to the National Assembly for Wales £84,000 for students studying at the Open University.
The £835,973,000 increase in Non-voted resource DEL arises from the movement of £785,273,000 from RFR1 voted resource DEL. The take up of End Year Flexibility £39,588,000 for Higher Education Funding Council for England Science and Research £33,000,000, Qualifications and Curriculum Authority modernisation £6,338,000, Adult Learning Inspectorate administration £250,000. The movement from voted schools capital £50,000,000 for Higher Education Funding Council for England teaching infrastructure. A reduction of £56,900,000 Higher Education Funding Council for England for the Scientific Research Investment Fund and an increase of £3,586,000 for the Knowledge Transfer Funding for Universities. Transfers from the Department of Health £18,979,000 for University Medical Schools £10,500,000, Pensions Indexation £5,669,000, Clinical Academies £2,328,000 and College Social work £482,000. Transfer to the National Assembly for Wales £4,553,000 for students studying at the Open University.
The decrease in the capital element of the DEL of £126,130,000 arises from a £210,769,000 decrease in the voted element of capital DEL and an increase of £84,639,000 in the non-voted element of capital DEL.
A £82,640,000 movement to non-voted to support Schools and Teachers £77,867,000, to support Further Education and Lifelong Learning £3,901,000 and support for Higher education £872,000. A movement to voted resource £148,065,000 for City Academies £125,934,000, for Information Technology in Schools £13,369,000, Music and Ballet Schools £1,502,000 and for the Children and Workforce Development Council £7,260,000. A movement to non-voted capital £50,000,000 for Higher Education Funding Council for England teaching
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infrastructure. The take up of End Year Flexibility of £11,289,000 for Cybrarian capital modernisation £10,450,000 and Secure Accommodation £839,000.
The £84,639,000 increase in the non-voted capital DEL arises from the movement of £82,640,000 from voted capital DEL. The take up of End Year Flexibility £1,999,000 for Education Funding Council for England Technology Institutions £982,000, Qualifications and Curriculum Authority capital investment £820,000, Sector Skills Development Agency capital investment £195,000 and Investors in People capital investment £2,000.
The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Jim Knight): Subject to parliamentary approval of any necessary supplementary estimate, the Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs DEL will be increased by £187,231,000 from £3,164,819,000 to £3,352,050,000 and the Administration Budget will be increased by £30,311,000 from £342,064,000 to £372,375,000. Within the DEL change, the impact on resources and capital are as set out in the following table:
The change in the resource element of the DEL arises from (i) take up of £57,000,000 administration resources through end year flexibility; (ii) a switch of £5,000,000 from administration resources to capital; (iii) a transfer from the Cabinet Office of £311,000,000 of administration resources for Parliamentary Counsel costs; (iv) a transfer to the Welsh Assembly of £110,000 of programme resources for policy advice; a transfer from the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development for Northern Ireland of £1,500,000 of programme resources for the National Fallen Stock scheme; (v) transfer from the Department of Health of £60,000,000 for the Over Thirty Months scheme; (vi) take up of £8,000,000 of programme resources through end year flexibility; (vii) take up of £20,000,000 of programme resources from the reserve for Fuel Poverty;
The change in the capital element of the DEL arises from (i) take up of £40,530,000 of capital through end year flexibility; (ii) a switch of £5,000,000 from administration resources to capital.
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