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£20,000,000 rephasing of Compensation Agency non-cash provisions budget from 2009-10 and 2010-11 into 2008-09;
£146,000 admin budget near cash transfer from the Cabinet Office for Parliamentary Counsels Office costs; and
£11,396,000 addition of police pension funding.
The Secretary of State for Scotland (Mr. Jim Murphy): Subject to parliamentary approval of the necessary supplementary estimates, the departmental expenditure limit (DEL) provision for the Scotland DEL will be increased by £329,774,000of which £157,206,000 is depreciationfrom £27,287,375,000 to £27,459,943,000.
the take-up of end-year flexibility (EYF) by the Scottish Executive amounting to £300,000,000;
the take-up of 2008 Budget consequentials by the Scottish Executive amounting to £13,095,000; and
a switch of £115,562,000 from near-cash to non-cash in respect of increased depreciation charges in the Scottish NHS.
a transfer for £15,910,000 from the Department for Transport; and
a transfer for £769,000 from the Department for Transport.
The Secretary of State for Transport (Mr. Geoffrey Hoon): Subject to parliamentary approval of any necessary supplementary estimate, the Department for Transport departmental expenditure limit (DEL) for 2008-09 will be decreased by £16,835,000 from £13,255,844,000 to £13,239,009,000 and the administration budget will be increased by £304,000 from £281,622,000 to £281,926,000.
|(1)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.|
i) Near-cash transfers of £349,000 from other Government Departments as follows: from the Cabinet Office for parliamentary counsel costs (£313,000); and from the Department for Communities and Local Government to cover staff costs in traffic management (£36,000).
ii) A £45,000 transfer from non-voted near-cash administration provision offset by a £45,000 transfer to the Office of Government Commerce for the Centre of Excellence for Sustainable Procurement.
Transfer of £45,000 to administration near-cash voted provision.
i) Treasury agreed near-cash reinstatement of the £7,080,000 abatement of Transport for Londons borrowing costs in respect of Metronet that were not avoided in 2008-09 due to the delay in Metronet leaving administration.
ii) A net transfer of £24,269,000 from non-voted provision as follows:
£3,800,000 near-cash for Vehicle and Operator Services Agency heavy goods vehicle enforcement works;
£3,139,000 near-cash for Rails subsidy to train operating companies (£2,559,000) and other rail services (£580,000);
£2,000,000 near-cash for freight grants;
£2,500,000 near-cash for continuous insurance enforcement;
£1,000,000 near-cash for bus passenger champion;
£200,000 near-cash for travel and transport direct Government franchise;
£40,000 near-cash for central administration for subsequent transfer to the Cabinet Office; and
£11,600,000 non-cash for cost of capital for Humber bridge; partially offset by £10,000 near-cash transferred to non-voted provision in respect of utilisation of the rail provision.
iii) A transfer of £6,757,000 to other Government Departments as follows:
£6,717,000 to the Scottish Executive for Scottish rail services; and
£40,000 to the Cabinet Office for the security, monitoring and co-ordination centre.
£24,269,000 transferred to voted provision, as detailed above.
i) A transfer of £98,300,000 from non-voted provision as follows:
£75,000,000 to increase grants to London Underground Limited;
£10,300,000 for the Highways Agency;
£6,000,000 for Cycling England;
£3,300,000 from British Transport Police Authority to network grant;
£2,000,000 for the blue badge scheme;
£1,500,000 for Vehicle and Operator Services Agency heavy goods vehicle enforcement works; and
£200,000 for the air accident investigation branchs additional hangar refurbishment work.
ii) Partially offset by transfer of £9,962,000 to the Scottish Executive for rail services.
i) £98,300,000 provision transferred to voted provision.
The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Transport (Jim Fitzpatrick):
Subsequent to a written answer I gave on 15 September 2008, to a parliamentary question on the hourly rates of pay for cleaning contractors, I would like to inform the House that further investigation has
revealed additional information with regard to the Vehicle Certification Agency. The original answer stated that this was contracted out.
The Secretary of State for Transport (Mr. Geoffrey Hoon): I am announcing today the publication of Delivering a Sustainable Transport System. This document marks the latest milestone in our longer term planning process, setting out our goals and identifying the various challenges that future transport schemes will need to address.
The publication of Towards a Sustainable Transport System in October 2007 outlined our approach to long-term transport planning. Since then the department has been undertaking further work and accelerating the process for identifying the strategic national corridors where we face our most immediate transport challenges. The National Networks Strategy Group I announced on 29 October will be focusing on measures to ensure we make best use of investment in key strategic national corridors, and develop these for the longer term. The development of solutions for international networks will also be led by the department. Regions and local authorities will undertake similar work for the remaining networks.
Transport is a critical enabler for the economy and underpins many of the things we regard as important for our quality of life, but we are also committed to addressing climate change both now and for future generations.
I am also announcing today that I am bringing forward over £l billion of investment in improving our nations transport infrastructure, in particular to tackle bottlenecks and improve access to key international gateways.
This comprises an extra £700 million which will be invested in major transport projects next year to accelerate Government plans to cut congestion and significantly increase rail capacity. This includes:
dualling of the A46 between Newark and Widmerpool (£100 millionas part of £174 million Government funding overall)
an additional 200 train carriages to relieve congestion on the Great Western, Northern and Transpennine rail franchises (£300 million)
introducing more managed motorways schemes to make best use of our existing motorway capacity (£300 million).
Alongside this, £300 million of new Government funding will be committed to speeding up the delivery of other key schemes that improve transport links to some of the UKs most important airports and ports, as well as offering more environmentally friendly options for transporting freight. This includes:
improvements to the A180-A160 junction to enhance access to Immingham Port (£30 million)
technology improvements to enhance traffic flow on the A12 between the M25 and Ipswich, improving access to Felixstowe and Harwich ports (£60 million)
the South East Manchester relief road, to improve access to Manchester Airport (£ 165 million)
enhancements to the North London Line to enable increased movements of rail freight on this important link (£54million).
Delivery of the A46, A12, A180-A160 and access to Manchester Airport schemes is subject to agreeing regional funding contributions and, with the exception of the A12, the completion of statutory planning processes.
The Secretary of State for Wales (Mr. Paul Murphy): The Welsh Assembly Government departmental expenditure limit is reduced by £14,859,000 from £14,309,106,000 to £14,294,247,000. This decrease takes account of the following changes:
An increase of £193,000 in respect of additional provision for flooding;
A transfer of £21,547,000 to the Home Office for policing; and
A transfer of £6,495,000 from the Home Office for the Drug Intervention Programme.
Subject to parliamentary approval of the necessary supplementary estimates, provision for the Wales Office is increased by £235,000 as a result of a transfer from the Parliamentary Counsel Office of £235,000 near-cash.
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