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Ministry of Defence: Votes A 2005–06

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Ministry of Defence (Lord Bach): My right honourable friend the Secretary of State for Defence (Mr Geoffrey Hoon) has made the following Written Ministerial Statement.

Ministry of Defence Votes A 2005–06, will be laid before the House on 22 February as HC 291. This outlines the maximum numbers of personnel to be maintained for service in the Armed Forces for the financial year 2005–06. Copies of these reports will be placed in the Libraries of both Houses.

Ministry of Defence: Spring Supplementary Estimates

Lord Bach: My right honourable friend the Secretary of State for Defence (Mr Geoffrey Hoon) has made the following Written Ministerial Statement.

Subject to parliamentary approval of the necessary Supplementary Estimate, the Ministry of Defence departmental expenditure limits will be increased by £1,099,372,000 from £30,344,938,000 to £31,444,310,000. Within the DEL change, the impact on resources and capital are as set out in the following table:
£'000s


New DEL
ChangeVotedNon-votedTotal
Resource875,72132,269,483561,43432,830,917
Capital223,6516,661,4311,2206,662,651
Depreciation*-7,879,258-170,000-8,049,258
Total1,099,37231,051,656392,65431,444,310




* 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.





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

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

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The changes to CDEL and RDEL will lead to an increased net cash requirement of £1,109,613,000.

Armed Forces' Pay Review Body

Lord Bach: My right honourable friend the Secretary of State for Defence (Mr Geoffrey Hoon) has made the following Written Ministerial Statement.

The 2005 report of the Armed Forces' Pay Review Body has been published today. Copies of the report are available in the Vote Office and the Library of the House. I wish to express my thanks to the chairman and members of the review body for their clear and wide-ranging report.

The AFPRB has recommended an increase in basic military salary of 3 per cent for all other ranks and officers. the AFPRB has also recommended increases in the rates of specialist pay (e.g. flying pay, submarine pay, diving pay and hydrographic pay), and in accommodation charges. The AFPRB also recommended a five per cent increase to rates of longer separated service allowance and longer service at sea bonus which are designed to compensate for separation.
 
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The additional cost to the defence budget will be £216 million. This will be met within existing departmental expenditure limits.

The AFPRB's recommendations are to be accepted in full, with implementation effective from 1 April 2005.

Department for Education and Skills: Spring Supplementary Estimate 2004–05 and Changes to DEL and Administration Costs Limits

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department for Education and Skills (Lord Filkin): My right honourable friend the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (Ruth Kelly) has made the following Written Ministerial Statement.

Subject to parliamentary approval of any necessary Supplementary Estimate, the Department for Education and Skills departmental expenditure limit (DEL), (including the Office for Her Majesty's Chief Inspector of Schools (Ofsted) which has a separate estimate) will be increased by £458,501,000 from £28,162,769,000 to £28,621,270,000 and the administration costs limits will be increased by £16,424,000 from £272,362,000 to £288,786,000 to fund the departmental restructuring programme.

Within the DEL change, the impact on resources and capital is as set out in the following table:
 
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ResourcesCapital
ChangeNew DELOf which: ChangeNew DELOf which:
VotedNon-votedVotedNon-voted
DfES£'000£'000£'000£'000£'000£'000£'000£'000
RfR 1208,53023,396,5897,391,69216,004,89711,6153,704,4092,465,1871,239,222
RfR 2171,074928,652928,652023,185137,390137,3900
RfR 344,097239,587239,5870033330
Ofsted0213,301213,301001,3091,3090
Sub Total423,70124,778,1298,773,23216,004,89734,8003,843,1412,603,9191,239,222
Depreciation*0-48,089-12,343-35,7460000
Total423,70124,730,0408,760,88915,969,15134,8003,843,1412,603,9191,239,222




* 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.





 
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Within the administration cost limits changes, the impact is set out in the following table:
OriginalChangeRevised
DfES£'000£'000£'000
DfES (RfR 1)242,36216,424258,786
OFSTED30,00030,000
Total272,36216,424288,786


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