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Department of Health and Food Standards Agency: Departmental Expenditure Limits and Administration Cost Limits for 2004–05

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department of Health (Lord Warner): My right honourable friend the Secretary of State for Health has made the following Written Ministerial Statement.

Subject to the necessary Supplementary Estimate, the Department of Health's element of the departmental expenditure limit (DEL) will be increased by £14,855,000 from £72,298,859,000 to £72,313,714,000 and the administration cost limit will be increased by £23,218,000 from £257,970,000 to £281,188,000. The Food Standards Agency DEL remains unchanged at £152,478,000. The overall DEL including the Food Standards Agency will increase by £14,855,000 from £72,451,337 to £72,466,192. The impact on resource and capital are set out in the following table.
New DEL
ChangeVotedNon-votedTotal
£ million£ million£ million£ million
Department of Health
Resource DEL14.85569,558.825-375.40969,183.416
Capital DEL0855.8002,274.4983,130.298
Total Department of Health DEL14.85570,414.6251,899.08972,313.714
Depreciation*0.019-510.362-44.477-554.839
Total Department of Health spending (after adjustment)14.87469,904.2631,854.61271,758.875
Food Standards Agency
Resources0151.8310151.831
Capital00.64700.647
Total Food Standards Agency DEL0152.4780152.478
Depreciation*0-2.0040-2.004
Total Food Standards Agency spending (after adjustment)0150.4740150.474




* 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 change in the DEL arises from net transfers from the Department for Education and Skills of £1,394,000 (£-418,000 administration costs) for pension costs, clinical scientists, conferences and the Care Standards Tribunal, offset by funding for children's trusts, children's service teams, costs of the vulnerable adults scheme and a contribution towards the funding of the recommendations of the Bichard inquiry. A transfer from the Home Office of £14,691,000 for the pooled drug treatment budget and funding for prison healthcare. A transfer from DHSS Northern Ireland of £523,000 (£10,000 administration costs) for out of area treatments and a contribution to the national screening committee. A transfer to the National Assembly for Wales of £2,229,000 mainly for cross-border flows and high security psychiatric services. A transfer from the Cabinet Office of £546,000 (administration costs) for funding services provided by the parliamentary counsel. A net transfer to the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister of £6,000 (£80,000 increase in administration costs) for a contribution towards long-term social services support through partnership arrangements, offset by funding local public service agreements. A transfer to the Department of Trade and Industry of £64,000 for review body pay awards.

The administration cost limit has increased by £23,218,000 from £257,970,000 to £281,188,000 mainly for change management costs and transfers detailed above.

There are no changes to the Food Standards Agency's departmental expenditure limit and administration cost limit.

Doctors' and Dentists' Review Body

Lord Warner: My right honourable friend the Secretary of State for Health has made the following Written Ministerial Statement.

I am responding on behalf of my right honourable friend the Prime Minister to the 34th report of the review body on doctors' and dentists' remuneration (DDRB) which is published today. Copies of the report are available in the Vote Office and the Library. I am grateful to the chairman and members of the review body for their hard work.

This year's report deals primarily with general dental practitioners, doctors and dentists in training, non-consultant career grade doctors, and medical and dental consultants who have chosen not to take up new contracts. For consultants taking up new contracts, general medical practitioners and the salaried primary dental care services, 2005–06 will be the third year of three-year pay deals agreed as part of NHS pay reforms.

The review body has recommended with effect from April 2005 general increases in remuneration of 3.0 per cent for doctors and dentists in training and consultants who remain on the old contract, 3.225 per cent for non-consultant career grade doctors and an increase of 3.4 per cent in gross fees for general dental practitioners.
 
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These recommendations are being accepted in full and without staging.

Cabinet Office: Spring Supplementary Estimate 2004–05

Lord Bassam of Brighton: Subject to parliamentary approval of any necessary Supplementary Estimate, the Cabinet Office DEL will be decreased by £3,953,000 from £258,005,000 to £254,052,000. The gross administration costs limits will be decreased by £1,753,000 from £217,028,000 to £215,275,000 and the net administration cost limits decreased by £2,155,000 from £2,977,000 to £822,000.

Within the DEL change, the impact on resources and capital are as set out in the following table:
£'000


New DEL
ChangeVotedNon-votedTotal
Resource-3,953254,0520254,052
Capital-2,00029,000029,000
Depreciation*0-50,1470-50,147
Total-5,953232,9050232,905




* 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 a machinery of government transfer of £370,000 to the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister for the Internal Audit Service, transfer of £8,489,000 Parliamentary Counsel Office funding to other government departments, draw-down of end-year flexibility of £5,000,000 to cover anticipated cost pressures, transfer of £45,000 to the security and intelligence agencies (SIA) to cover resource cost of a modernisation project and the transfer of £49,000 from the countries at risk of instability (CRI) budget back to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.

The change in the capital element of the DEL arises from the transfer of £2,000,000 capital to SIA towards a modernisation project.
 
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