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The change in total DEL of £31,542,000 relates to:

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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 £329,774,000—of which £157,206,000 is depreciation—from £27,287,375,000 to £27,459,943,000.

The administration of the Scotland Office DEL will remain unchanged.

The Scotland DEL increase takes account of the following routine adjustments to the Scottish Executive provision:

The DEL increase also includes the following changes, amounting to a net increase of £16,679,000. These are:

The increases will be added to the planned total of public expenditure to fund spending commitments in the current financial year.


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.

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








Of which:

Administration budget






Near-cash in RDEL



















113, 279





(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.

Resource Change: Administration (total increase of £304,000)

Voted: total increase of £349,000

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Non-Voted: total decrease of £45,000

Resource Change: Programme (total increase of £323,000)

Voted: total increase of £24,592,000

Non-Voted: total net decrease of £24,269,000

Capital Change: (total decrease of £9,962,000)

Voted: total increase of £88,338,000

Non-Voted: total decrease of £98,300,000

Correction (Written Answer)

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
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revealed additional information with regard to the Vehicle Certification Agency. The original answer stated that this was contracted out.

The response to the hon. Member for Hayes and Harlington(John McDonnell) (Question 223278)15 September 2008, Official Report, columns 2053-56should read as follows:

ContractorHourly Rate

Vehicle Certification Agency (HQ Bristol)

ISS/Medicare Ltd

£5.85 £5.52

Vehicle Certification Agency (Midlands Centre)

Ideal (Cleaning Services) Ltd


Vehicle Certification Agency (Dangerous Goods Office)

No direct cleaning contract

No direct cleaning contract

Sustainable Transport System

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.

A copy of the document has been placed in the Libraries of both Houses.

I am also announcing today that I am bringing forward over £l billion of investment in improving our nation’s 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:

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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 UK’s most important airports and ports, as well as offering more environmentally friendly options for transporting freight. This includes:

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.


Welsh Assembly Government (Departmental Expenditure Limit)

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:

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.

Wales Office spending is contained within single Ministry of Justice departmental expenditure limit and administration costs limit.

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