The Minister of State, Department of Health (Mr. Mike O'Brien): Subject to the necessary Supplementary Estimates, the Department of Health's element of the Departmental Expenditure Limit (DEL) will increase by £14,089,000 from £105,335,865,000 to £105,349,954,000. The Administration Cost Limit remains unchanged at £213,765,000. The Food Standards Agency DEL increases by £1,000 from £134,986,000 to £134,987,000. The overall DEL including the Food Standards Agency will increase by £14,090,000 from £105,470,851,000 to £105,484,941,000. The impact on resource and capital are set out in the following table:
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|* The total of "administration budget" and "Near cash in Resource DEL" figures may well be greater that the total resource DEL, due to definitions overlapping.
(**)Depreciation, which forms part of resource DEL, is excluded from the total DEL since the capital DEL includes capital spending and to include depreciation of those assets would lead to double counting.
* The total of "administration budget" and "Near cash in Resource DEL" figures may well be greater that the total resource DEL, due to definitions overlapping.
"Depreciation, which forms part of resource DEL, is excluded from the total DEL since the capital DEL includes capital spending and to include depreciation of those assets would lead to double counting.
£60,000 for additions to Invest to Save Budget awards.
a net transfer of £12,633,000 from the Ministry of Justice mainly for prison healthcare services;
a transfer of £1,396,000 from the Home Office as the Department's share of a contribution to the migration impact fund; and
a transfer of £172,000,000 from Capital DEL to Revenue DEL as a result of the budgeting treatment of some pandemic flu items.
The change to the Food Standards Agency element of the DEL is due to a token increase in FSA resource administration cost of £1,000 to allow for an increase in the net cash requirement and additional appropriations in aid.
The Secretary of State for the Home Department (Alan Johnson): I am pleased to announce that on Wednesday 25 November, the international day for the elimination of violence against women, I am launching a cross-Government strategy to address violence against women and girls.
In recent years much has been achieved to increase protection for women and to prosecute their attackers. However, the strategy will be the first comprehensive, co-ordinated effort to tackle this form of gender-based violence, integrating work from across government under the headings of prevention, provision and protection.
The Government recognise that the complexity of this issue demands not only a firm criminal justice response, but focussed measures to stop violence from happening in the first place while ensuring that appropriate help and support for women and girls is available to those who need it. To deliver these commitments we will continue to work closely with local partners to achieve our goal of ending violence against women.
The Minister for Borders and Immigration (Mr. Phil Woolas): I am announcing today that, from 14 December 2009, employers wishing to recruit a migrant under Tier 2 of the points-based system will first need to advertise to jobseekers in the UK for four weeks. This strengthens the current requirement to advertise jobs for two weeks, or one week for jobs over £40,000.
Since April this year, the resident labour market test (RLMT) has included a requirement to advertise skilled jobs in Jobcentre Plus, so that resident workers have a single source-their local job centre-to access all skilled vacancies.
This change was proposed by the independent Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) in their Tier 2 report which was published on 19 August, a copy of which can be found in the House Library. On 7 September the Home Secretary announced that the Government have accepted the recommendations put forward in the report in full.
The Prime Minister announced, in his speech on immigration on 12 November, that the strengthening of the resident labour market test would be introduced quickly, to better support resident workers looking for skilled jobs.
The flexibility of the points-based system allows us to support UK workers and at the same time meet the recruitment needs of businesses and to support the economy. In making this change, we are using that flexibility to support businesses in two ways:
First, we will only apply this change to advertising campaigns that start on or after 14 December. Businesses that have already run advertisements will not need to do so again to meet the new requirement.
Secondly, while we will require all jobs to be advertised for four weeks before a migrant worker can be appointed, we will not require the four weeks to be continuous. This will mean that businesses will not need to advertise all their vacancies for four weeks on the off-chance that no suitable resident workers apply and they need to recruit a migrant worker. For example, we will allow businesses to advertise skilled jobs for two weeks initially. If a suitable resident worker applies, the business can appoint them straight away. However, if no suitable resident workers apply, the resident labour market must be tested for a further two weeks before they can appoint a migrant worker.
The Secretary of State for the Home Department (Alan Johnson): Subject to parliamentary approval of the necessary supplementary estimate, the Home Office's departmental expenditure limits for 2009-10 will be increased by £265,493,000 from £9,976,727,000 to £10,242,220,000 and the administration budget will be increased by £271,389,000 from £404,151,000 to £675,540,000.
|(*)The total of the '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.