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The Minister for Immigration, Citizenship and Nationality (Mr. Liam Byrne): My hon. Friend the then Minister for Immigration, Citizenship and Nationality announced on 21 July 2005 Official Report, column 155WS, that we would begin last summer the initial phase of our programme of targeted screening for infectious tuberculosis (TB) of people seeking to enter the United Kingdom for longer than six months at the entry clearance stage in Bangladesh, Sudan, Tanzania and Thailand (which also processes entry clearance applications from Cambodia and Laos). We now intend to implement the main phase of the scheme in China, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, Pakistan, Philippines, South Africa and Zimbabwe. We are also considering the feasibility of introducing the scheme in a small number of further countries. A further written ministerial statement will be made prior to any roll out of the scheme in countries additional to those listed above.
Pre-entry screening of travellers should be seen as an integral part of our wider effort to combat TB in the UK. The UK also provides significant support for global TB control through a number of different channels, including support to the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and Malaria and the STOPTB partnership as well as support for research on the development of new effective and affordable drugs. Her Majesty's Government also provide support to countries to build capacity in their health services to diagnose and treat all major causes of illness including TB.
The Minister for the Cabinet Office (Hilary Armstrong): Subject to parliamentary approval of any necessary Supplementary Estimate, the Cabinet Office DEL will be increased by £171,376,000 from £208,004,000 to 379,380,000. The Resource DEL and Capital DEL Limits are different because of the treatment of Capital Grants. Capital Grants are treated as capital in the operating cost but treated as resource in the face of the estimate. The administration costs limits will be decreased by £6,538,000 from £225,930,000 to £219,392,000. Within the DEL change, the impact on resources and capital are as set out in the following table:
|* Depreciation, which forms part of resource DEL, is excluded from the total DEL since capital DEL includes capital spending and to include depreciation of those assets would lead to double counting.|
The change in the resource element of the DEL arises from a number of Machinery of Government transfers to and from Cabinet Office. Other changes to DEL are transfers to other Government Departments for their contribution to the funding of the Parliamentary Counsel Office.
The Minister for the Cabinet Office (Hilary Armstrong): Subject to parliamentary approval of any necessary Supplementary Estimate, the National School of Government will be a separate non-ministerial department from January 2007. The National School's departmental expenditure limit (DEL) will be £1,341,000 and the administration costs limit will be £640,000. These figures reflect a transfer from the Cabinet Office estimate with no net change in expenditure.
|*The total of the 'Administration Budget' and the 'Near cash in Resource DEL figures may well be greater than the total resource DEL, due to definitions overlapping.|
**Capital DEL includes items treated as resources in Estimates and Accounts but which are treated as Capital DEL in Budgets.
***Depreciation, which forms part of resource DEL, is excluded from the total DEL since capital DEL includes capital spending and to include depreciation of those assets would lead to double counting.
The Leader of the House of Commons (Mr. Jack Straw): Subject to Parliamentary approval of any necessary Supplementary Estimate, the Privy Council Office total DEL will be increased by £200,000 from £6,656,000 to £6,856,000 and the administration budget will be increased by £200,000 from £6,567,000 to £6,767,000.
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|* The total of Administration budget' and 'Near-cash in Resource DEL' figures may well be greater than total resource DEL, due to the definitions overlapping.|
|**Capital DEL includes items treated as resource in Estimates and accounts but which are treated as Capital DEL in budgets.|
|***Depreciation, which forms part of resource DEL, is excluded from total DEL since capital DEL includes capital spending and to include depreciation of those assets would lead to double counting. |
The Secretary of State for Northern Ireland (Mr. Peter Hain): Subject to Parliamentary approval the Northern Ireland Office (NIO) will be taking a 2006-07 Winter Supplementary Estimate. The effect this will have is to increase the NIO's DEL by £30,843,000 from £1,206,618,000 to £1,237,461,000.
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