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There is a reduction in non-voted DEL due to the draw down of Departmental Unallocated Provision of £6,430,000 to offset increased voted spending.

The net increase in the administration costs budget is £1,223,000 comprising the administration costs changes mentioned in the preceding paragraphs plus a reclassification of programme costs to administration costs of £470,000.

ECOFIN

The Economic Secretary to the Treasury (Ian Pearson): On 21 November 2008, I represented the UK at the Budget Economic and Financial Affairs Council (ECOFIN).

Finance Ministers agreed to adopt Preliminary Draft Amending Budgets 10—as amended by the Commission during the course of negotiations—and 11 to the 2008 EC Budget. These amend the 2008 Budget respectively to reflect latest implementation capacity, thus reducing the level of funding required from member states in 2008, and to mobilise the EU solidarity fund for Cyprus following the recent drought there.

Finance Ministers agreed to adopt Amending Letters 2 —as amended by the Commission to include budgetary aspects relating to the proposed food facility for developing countries—and 3 to the Preliminary Draft Budget for 2009. These reflected the latest information on agricultural market prices and other developments, and a budgetary transfer to cover the costs of a new reflection group as called for by the October European Council.

During a conciliation meeting between Council and the European Parliament agreement was reached on the 2009 EC Budget and on the financing for the proposed food facility. The agreement establishes total payment levels of €116.1 billion—0.89 per cent. of EU GNI. The European Parliament is scheduled to vote on its own second reading on 18 December, after which the 2009 EC Budget will be formally adopted.

Five joint statements relating to the Budget were also agreed at Budget ECOFIN. These concerned the financing of the food facility and the implementation of cohesion policy and EU agencies. The Government are supportive of these statements, which affirm the co-ordination and visibility of Community development assistance, and call for sound financial management and budget discipline in the areas they concern.


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Children, Schools and Families

Departmental Expenditure Limit (2008-09)

The Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (Ed Balls): Subject to parliamentary approval of any necessary supplementary estimate, the Department for Children, Schools and Families departmental expenditure limit (DEL) will be decreased by £16,761,000
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from £52,739,088,00 to £52,722,327,000; the Administration cost budget will be decreased by £2,364,000 from £189,900,000 to £187,536,000. The Office for Standards in Education, Children's Services and Skills (OFSTED) which has a separate estimate and DEL, will be increased by £485,000 from £180,731,000 to £181,216,000 the administration cost budget will be increased by £485,000 from £28,236,000 to £28,721,000.

Within the DEL change, the impact on resources and capital are as set out in the following table:

DCFSResourcesCapital(3)
Of which: Ofwhich:
ChangeNew DELVotedNon-votedChangeNew DELVotedNon- voted

£000£000£000£000£000£000£000£000

RfRl

-16,811

45,419,824

44,202,195

1,217,629

-2,000

5,712,566

4,593,981

1,118,585

RfR2

2,050

1,294,912

1,265,396

29,516

0

295,025

295,025

0

DCSF Total

-14,761

46,714,736

45,467,591

1,247,145

-2,000

6,007,591

4,889,006

1,118,585

OFSTED

485

180,235

180,235

0

0

981

981

0

Sub Total

-14,276

46,894,971

45,647,826

1,247,145

-2,000

6,008,572

4,889,987

1,118,585

Of which Admin Budget(2)

-1,879

216,257

216,257

0

0

0

0

0

Near-cash in RDEL

-14,276

46,931,221

45,647,289

1,283,932

0

0

0

0

Depreciation(1)

101

-12,057

-8,599

-3,458

0

0

0

0

Total

-14,175

46,882,914

45,639,227

1,243,687

-2,000

6,008,572

4,889,987

1,118,585

(1)Depreciation, which forms part of resource DEL, is excluded from the total DEL, in the table above, since capital DEL includes capital spending and to include depreciation of those assets would lead to double counting.
(2) 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.
(3)Capital DEL includes items treated as resource in Estimates and accounts but which are treated as Capital DEL in budgets.

Within the Administration Cost budget changes, the impact is set out in the following table:

DfESOriginalChangeRevised

£000£000£000

DfES (RfRl)

189,900

-2,364

187,536

OFSTED

28,236

485

28,721

Total

218,136

-1,879

216,257


Resource DEL

The decrease in the resource element of the DEL of £14,761,000 arises from a decrease in the voted element of the resource DEL of £172,838,000 and an increase of £158,077,000 in the non-voted element of resource DEL mainly in the department’s non-departmental public bodies.

Voted Resource DEL

The £172,838,000 decrease in the voted element of the resource DEL arises from:

RFR1

RFR2

Capital DEL


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Voted Capital DEL

The £57,801,000 increase in the voted element of the capital DEL arises from:

RFR1

Non-voted Capital DEL

The £59,801,000 decrease in the non-voted element of capital DEL arises from:

RFR1

Administration Cost Budget


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