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The Secretary of State for Wales (Mr. Peter Hain): The National Assembly for Wales' Departmental Expenditure Limit will be increased by £188,419,000 from £ 12,832,297,000 to £13,020,716,000. The increase is a result of:
A take up of £70,000,000 EYF - Near Cash
A take up of £19,500,000 EYF - Capital
Net transfers from other Government Departments to the National Assembly for Wales of £ 98,919,000
These transfers are as follows:
£650,000 from the Department of Trade and Industry for the Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment Directive
£209,000 from the Department for Education and Skills for the devolution of CAFCASS Cymru
£91,000 from the Department for Education and Skills for Student Access for Open University,
£159,000 from the Department for Education and Skills for HEFCW Initial Teacher Training for Open University
£98,030,000 from the Department for Education and Skills for Student Support,
£220,000 resource non-cash to the Wales Office.
The increase in DEL will be offset by transfers from other Departments and will not therefore add to the planned total of public expenditure.
Provision for the Wales Office is increased by £1,229,000 as a result of:
A transfer from the Parliamentary Counsel Office of £109,000
A transfer from the Welsh Assembly Government of £220,000
Take up of end-year flexibility of £900,000
Wales Office spending is contained within single Department of Constitutional Affairs Departmental Expenditure Limit and Administration Costs Limit.
The Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (Mr. John Hutton): Subject to Parliamentary approval of the necessary Supplementary Estimate, the Department for Work and Pensions DEL will decrease by £5,668,000 from £7,785,869,000 to £7,780,201,000 and the administration budget will decrease by £4,136,000 from £5,831,270,000 to £5,827,134,000.
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:
i. a reduction in provision of £4,507,000 (administration) relating to the transfer of Rail Safety from HSE to the Office of Rail Regulation (ORR);
ii. a reduction in provision of £1,594,000 (other current) relating to the transfer of Rail Safety from HSE to the Office of Rail Regulation (ORR);
iii. an increase in provision of £371,000 (administration) due to a transfer of funding from the Cabinet Office for the transfer of the functions of the Parliamentary Counsel Office.
The change in the capital element of the DEL arises from:
iv. an increase in provision of £78,000 due to a successful bid from the Invest to Save budget;
v. a decrease in provision of £16,000 relating to the transfer of Rail Safety from HSE to the Office of Rail Regulation (ORR).
The movement in the Administration Cost limit arises from those items noted above as affecting administration costs.
Movements from non-voted expenditure
Additionally there are the following drawdowns that are neutral in overall DEL terms:
Housing Benefit Reform Fund (HBRF)
vi. £20,000,000 into RfR2 for Employment Programmes within Jobcentre Plus;
vii. £4,200,000 into RfR2 for The Rent Service;
viii £37,250,000 into RfR2 for modernisation of Housing Benefit;
Employment Development and Skills Fund (EDSF)
ix. £40,000,000 into RfR2 to increase provision for Jobcentre Plus.