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Additions: draw down of £77,077,000 of resource provision from end-year flexibility entitlements set out in the Public Expenditure 2005-06 Outturn White Paper, allocation of £343,000 from the Treasury Reserve for Band Aid VAT and £12,000 transferred from the Cabinet Office in respect of DFID's use of the Parliamentary Counsel's Office.
Reductions: transfer of £5,341,000 from the Africa Conflict Pool and £13,875,000 from departmental unallocated provision (DUP) to FCO for support to the African Union Mission in Sudan (AMIS) and Quick Impact Projects in Afghanistan, and £1,000,000 from DUP to Home Office for migration projects.
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 £311,000, from £6,856,000 to £7,167,000.
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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 spring supplementary estimate (DEL). The effect this will have is to increase the NIOs DEL by £68,798,000 from £1,237,461,000 to £1,306,259,000.
The change in DEL £68,798,000 relates to the draw down of End Year Flexibility £61,303,000 of which is £36,900,000 is near cash resource and £24,403,000 is non-cash. The Department is also receiving net budget transfers from other Northern Ireland Departments of £2,547,000k resource and £24,000 capital. Also the Department has increased its DEL as a result of a swap from AME budget of £3,500,000. As DEL stated excludes depreciation, the change is adjusted by £1,424 000 to £68,798,000.
The cash drawdown is required to fund additional pressures declared during the year in areas such as Central Administration, Political Directorate, and Criminal Justice Directorate. The non-cash element is mainly required to create provision for potential liabilities in Compensation Agency, Youth Justice Agency, and the NI Prison Service.
The Secretary of State for Scotland (Mr. Douglas Alexander): Subject to parliamentary approval of the necessary supplementary estimates, the departmental expenditure limit (DEL) provision for the administration of the Scotland Office will be increased by £19,076,000 and the Scotland DEL will be reduced by £1,585,000 from £24,953,534,000 to £24,910,776,000.
the take-up of End Year Flexibility (EYF) by the Scotland Office amounting to £3,000,000;
a transfer of £16,076,000 from the Scottish Executive.
the take-up of End Year Flexibility (EYF) by the Scottish Executive amounting to £16,000,000;
an increase in depreciation of £34,805,000;
an increase in impairments of £6,368,000; and
the take up of £91,000 for PER 2006 Budget Consequential,
a transfer of £1,600,000 to the Department of Health; and
a transfer of £16,076,000 to the Scotland Office.
The General Medical Council has started a hearing into allegations of professional misconduct by Professor David Southall, a consultant paediatrician. It is said that he kept so-called special case files containing original medical records relating to his patients that were not also kept on the child's proper hospital file. Concerns have been raised that in some of those cases criminal proceedings may have been taken but the existence of the files not revealed, resulting in their not being disclosed as part of the prosecution process. I share those concerns.
What is not clear at this stage is the nature and extent of the failure of disclosure, if such it be. I have therefore decided that I will conduct an assessment of the cases where Professor Southall was instructed as a prosecution witness to determine if any special case files existed in any cases involving criminal proceedings.
The Solicitor-General (Mr. Mike O'Brien): Subject to parliamentary approval of any necessary supplementary estimate, the Attorney-Generals departmental expenditure limit (DEL) will be increased by £7,057,000 from £717,645,000 to £724,702,000 and the Administration budget will not change from £117,360,000. 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 Crown Prosecution Services (CPS) element of the Attorney-Generals DEL will be increased by £6,518,000 from £617,168,000 to £623,686,000. The Administration budget will reduce by £538,000 from £57,953,000 to £57,415,000.
The take up of £7,880,000 programme resource End Year Flexibility to support increased expenditure on the prosecution of criminal cases.
A decrease of £538,000 administration resource due to the reallocation of resource DEL budgetary cover, within the Attorney-Generals resource DEL, from the Crown Prosecution Service to HM Procurator General and Treasury Solicitors. This is required to help fund the provision of administrative services to the Attorney-General by the Attorney-Generals Office.
A decrease of £364,000 programme resources due to the reallocation of resource DEL budgetary cover from the Crown Prosecution Service to the Home Office. This is required to provide additional resources to fund the No Witness No Justice (NWNJ) partnership programme to improve services to prosecution witnesses in Court.
A decrease of £460,000 programme resource due to the reallocation of resource DEL budgetary cover from the Crown Prosecution Service to the Department for Constitutional Affairs to support the Criminal Justice Information Technology (CJIT) PROGRESS project.
The Serious Fraud Office (SFO) is not applying for any funding in the spring supplementary. The SFO element of the Attorney-Generals DEL will therefore remain unchanged at £47,689,000. The Administration Budget will remain at £30,189,000.
The Revenue and Customs Prosecutions Offices (RCPOs) element of the Attorney-Generals DEL will be reduced by £299,000 from £36,666,000 to £36,367,000. The Administration Budget will reduce by £300,000 from £18,193,000 to £17,893000.
A decrease of £300,000 administration resources due to the reallocation of resource DEL budgetary cover, within the Attorney-Generals resource DEL, from the Revenue and Customs Prosecutions Office to HM Procurator General and Treasury Solicitors. This is required to provide additional resources to help fund the provision of administrative services to the Attorney-General by the Attorney-Generals Office.
A net token increase of £1,000 programme resources due to additional resources of £1,943,000 offset by an increase in appropriations-in-aid of £1,942,000 received as a result of asset forfeiture activity.
The Treasury Solicitors Department (TSD) element of the Attorney-Generals DEL will be increased by £838,000 from £16,122,000 to £16,960,000. This is as a result of the Administration Budget increasing by £838,000 from £11,025,000 to £11,863,000.
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