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The Secretary of State for International Development (Mr. Douglas Alexander): As a consequence of budgetary transfers associated with the Winter Supplementary Estimates, the Department for International Development total departmental expenditure limit will be reduced by £4,995,000 from £5,259,352,000 to £5,254,357,000. Within the total DEL change, the impact on Resource and Capital is set out in the following table:
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(2 )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.
£10,000 transferred from the Cabinet Office in respect of DFID's use of the Parliamentary Council's Office.
£1,000,000 transferred to the Home Office; as a contribution to funds for migration projects
A Transfer of Global Conflict Prevention Pool to Foreign and Commonwealth office of £3,000,000 for quick impact projects in Helmand Province Afghanistan.
A Transfer to Department for Culture, Media and Sport for £1,000,000 in relation to the London 2012 International Sport Development Initiative.
A Transfer to Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs of £5,000 which relates to a shortfall from a previous transfer made relating to Montreal Protocol.
A reduction of £73,000,000 arising from a reclassification of debt relief payments from current grants to capital grants.
An increase of £73,000,000 arising from a reclassification of debt relief payments from current grants to capital grants.
The Secretary of State for Justice and Lord Chancellor (Mr. Jack Straw): The Government have today laid before Parliament Working Together to Cut Crime and Deliver Justice: A Strategic Plan for Criminal Justice 2008-11(Cm 7247). This plan sets out how we will deliver the new Justice for All Public Service Agreement targets for the Criminal Justice System to improve efficiency and effectiveness in bringing offences to justice, especially serious offences; increase public confidence and victim and witness satisfaction; increase recovery of criminal assets and improve enforcement of the orders of the court.
The strategic plan sets out a new approach to the way in which the criminal justice agenciespolice, prosecution, courts, probation, prison and youth justice serviceswill work together to improve efficiency and effectiveness in bringing offences to justice by giving Local Criminal Justice Boards greater flexibility to tailor their work to local priorities. The Plan also sets out how the Criminal Justice System will support the Government's wider drive to make communities safer through reducing crime and re-offending, as detailed in the Crime Strategy: Cutting Crime: A New Partnership 2008-11, published on 19 July.
By working together more closely, staff in the Criminal Justice System have already successfully brought more offences to justice, improved services to victims and witnesses and built strong partnerships sat national and local level to drive up performance, supported by modern technology.
is effective in bringing offences to justice
engages the public and inspires confidence
puts the needs of victims at its heart; and has
simple and efficient processes.
While we have made great strides in tackling volume crime, there is more to do to tackle some of the most serious crimes, such as sexual and violent crime and support the victims of these crimes. At the other end of the scale, we need to intervene earlier and more effectively with young people at risk, both victims and offenders. We need to continue our drive to tackle some of the most intractable problems - mental health, substance misuse and social exclusion - which underlie many crimes.
We recognise that it is crucial to engage the public more closely in the work of the Criminal Justice System. We need to bring the Criminal Justice System closer to the people it serves so that we inform them, consult them and tell them how we are responding to their views. Local Criminal Justice Boards, working with local communities and Crime and Disorder Reduction Partnerships will have a key role in achieving this. More needs to be done to ensure that the Criminal Justice System provides a service which is fair and effective for all sections of the community.
We will go further in improving the efficiency of every part of the system making better use of the technology that is now in place, and give local areas title freedom to innovate and drive locally-tailored programmes of change.
The programmes of work we set out in this plan will support this local approach. We are designing a blueprint for local leadership to enable Local Criminal Justice Boards to implement a co-ordinated programme of reform which is shared by all the criminal justice agencies and engage effectively with local communities and local partners to tackle local priorities and reduce crime and re-offending.
We have set ourselves a challenging target on asset recovery sending a strong signal that crime does not pay. Offenders will be held to account for their actions and offered more opportunities to make amends to their victims and society. We will ensure that standards of service to victims and witnesses are embedded throughout the Criminal Justice System and that we respond to the needs of all victims, particularly the victims of the most serious crimes.
We will continue to drive improvements across the whole criminal justice process. But we will do so in a different way. At a national level we will provide the framework and support, but improvements will be driven at local level, informed by local priorities. We will measure and respond to the views of local people about their local services. We will work in partnership with local community and voluntary organisations. We will build on what works to make a sustainable difference to reducing crime and re-offending in communities.
The Secretary of State for Justice and Lord Chancellor (Mr. Jack Straw): Subject to Parliamentary approval of any necessary Supplementary Estimate, the Ministry of Justice (MoJ), Northern Ireland Court Service and The National Archives Total Departmental Expenditure Limit (DEL) will be increased as follows:
Total DEL for Ministry of Justice (RfRl, 2 & 3) will be increased by £5,843,241,000 from £3,784,762,000 to
£9,628,003,000 and the administration budget will be increased by £189,180,000 from £523,536,000 to £712,716,000.
Total DEL for The National Archives (TNA) will be increased by £3,379,000 from £44,161,000 to £47,540,000
and the administration budget will be reduced by (£43,711,000) due to a reclassification from administration to programme budget.
Decrease £485,000 in resource in relation to the transfer of the responsibility for the audit of the Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service (CAFCASS) by HM Inspectorate of Court Administration, to the Office for Standards in Education (OFSTED) in the Department of Children Schools and Families.
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