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Departmental Expenditure Limit (2009-10)

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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Department of HealthChangeNew DEL
Voted£mNonvoted£mVoted£mNon voted£mTotal£m

Resource DEL, of which

870.364

-

684.275

101,418.953

-

1,469.853

99,949.100

Administration Budget(*)

-

-

213.765

-

213.765

Near-cash in Resource DEL

870.364

-

684.275

96,678.684

-180.133

96,498.551

Capital DEL

-

-

172.000

2,638.505

2,762.349

5,400.854

Total Department of Health DEL

870.364

856.275

104,057.458

1,292.496

105,349.954

Depreciation(**)

-

-

-933.003

-67.744

-1,000.747

Total Department of Health spending (after adjustment)

870.364

-

856.275

103,124.455

1,224.752

104,349.207

Food Standards Agency

Resource DEL, of which

0.001

-

134.371

-

134.371

Administration Budget(*)

0.001

-

49.894

-

49.894

Near-cash in Resource DEL

0.001

-

131.698

-

131.698

Capital DEL

-

-

616

-

616

Total Food Standards Agency DEL

0.001

-

134.987

-

134.987

Depreciation(**)

-

-

-1.908

-

-1.908

Total Food Standards Agency spending (after adjustment)

-

133.079

-

133.079

* 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.
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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 Department of Health DEL has increased by £14,089,000 made up of:

The Department of Health's administration cost limit remains unchanged at £213,765,000.

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.

Home Department

Violence Against Women

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.

Resident Labour Market Test

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.


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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:


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The other changes to Tier 2 recommended by the MAC will be implemented in spring 2010.

Departmental Expenditure Limit (2009-10)

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.

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

ChangeNew DEL£'000
Non- Non-

VotedvotedVotedvotedTotal

Resource DEL

20,584

233,496

8,542,585

1,065,769

9,608,354

Of which:

Administration budge(*)

115,556

155,833

487,410

188,130

675,540

Near-cash in RDEL(*)

9,120

234,232

8,377,062

1,023,065

9,400,127

Capital(**)

(10,819)

18,900

537,261

280,820

818,081

Less depreciation(***)

2,683

649

(128,891)

(55,324)

(184,215)

Total

12,448

253,045

8,950,955

1,291,265

10,242,220

(*)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.


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(a)TotalCashAdmin

The change in the resource element of the DEL arises from:

254,080

243,352

271,389

Machinery of Government changes:

303,166

292,438

271,389

The United Kingdom Border Agency (UKBA) was transferred to the Home Office on 1 April 2009. The specific changes relating to this machinery of Government transfer from HM Revenue and Customs are:

UK Border Agency (section E)

302,658

291,930

270,881

Central Services (section G)

508

508

508

Transfers from other Government Departments:

489

489

0

Programme from the Ministry of Justice to Police (section A) for the British Crime Survey.

489

489

Transfers from other Government Departments:

(49,575)

(49,575)

0

Programme from the Office for Security and Counter Terrorism (section D) to the Department for Communities and Local Government's affordable housing programme "Building Britain's Future".

(40,000)

(40,000)

Programme from crime reduction and drugs (section B) to cover the Ministry of Justice's additional costs of implementing the provisions of the Violent Crime Reduction Act.

(2,358)

(2,358)

Programme from the Departmental Unallocated Provision to fund Migration Impact expenditure of the following Departments:

Department for Innovation, Universities and Skills.

(2,629)

(2,629)

Department for Children, Schools and Families.

(1,396)

(1,396)

Department of Health

(1,396)

(1,396)

Department for Communities and Local Government

(1,396)

(1,396)

Programme from the United Kingdom Border Agency (section E) to the Ministry of Justice for the European Economic Area modelling policy

(252)

(252)

Programme from crime reduction and drugs (section B) to fund the Crown Prosecution Service's additional costs of implementing the provisions of the Violent Crime Reduction Act

(148)

(148)

(b)

Capital

Total

The change in the capital element of the DEL arises from:

8,081

Machinery of Government changes:

13,081

The United Kingdom Border Agency (UKBA) was transferred to the Home Office on 1 April 2009. This machinery of Government change from HM Revenue and Customs was transferred to section E

13,081

Transfers to other Government Departments:

(5,000)

Capital from the Office for Security and Counter Terrorism (section D) to the Department for Communities and Local Government's affordable housing programme "Building Britain's Future"

(5,000)


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