The net increase in resource DEL of £1,318,000 is the net effect of the following:
For Request for Resources 1
a Machinery of Government transfer to the Cabinet Office of £273,000 near cash administration costs following the transfer of responsibility for the Statistical Reform team;a transfer to the Statistics Board of £100,000 near cash programme costs as a contribution towards the costs of a project to improve the quality of migration statistics; a contribution to the Cabinet Office of £80,000 near cash programme costs in respect of the Government Secure Zone costs; a transfer from the Cabinet Office of £250,000 near cash administration costs towards consultancy costs incurred by the Prime Minister's Delivery Unit; anda transfer from HM Revenue & Customs of £21,000 towards the costs of a post in the Budget, Tax and Welfare team.
For RfR 3
Transfers to the Office of Government Commerce towards the costs of the Centre of Expertise in Sustainable Procurement as follows:£45,000 near cash administration costs from each of the following departments - Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, Communities and Local Government, Cabinet Office, Children, Schools and Families, Transport, International Development, Work and Pensions, Foreign and Commonwealth Office, HM Revenue & Customs, Home Office, Ministry of Defence, Ministry of Justice and £215,000 from Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.near cash programme costs of £45,000 from the Statistics Board and £700,000 from Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.
There is a reduction in non-voted DEL due to the draw down of Departmental Unallocated Provision of £6,430,000 to offset increased voted spending.
The net increase in the administration costs budget is £1,223,000 comprising the administration costs changes mentioned in the preceding paragraphs plus a reclassification of programme costs to administration costs of £470,000.
Home Office: Winter Supplementary Estimate
The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Ministry of Justice (Lord Bach): My right honourable friend the Secretary of State for the Home Department (Jacqui Smith) has made the following Written Ministerial Statement.
Plans of changes to the departmental expenditure limit and administrative budget for 2008-09
Subject to parliamentary approval of the necessary supplementary estimate, the Home Office's departmental expenditure limits for 2008-09 will be decreased by £67,008,000 from £9,755,389,000 to £9,688,381,000
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and the administration budget will be reduced by £29,760,000 from £429,049,000 to £399,289,000.
Within the DEL change, the impact on resources and capital are as set out in the following table
Near cash in RDEL*
* 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.
o/w near cash
£ 000's o/w Admin
(a) The change in the resource element of the DEL arises from:
Transfers from other government departments:
Programme from the Welsh Assembly to the Departmental Unallocated Provision as a contribution towards police funding.
Programme from the Department for Children Schools and Families to the UK Border Agency (section F) to fund the additional costs of the 'Leaving care' programme.
Programme from the Cabinet Office to the Serious Organised Crime Agency (section R) to fund counter narcotic work overseas.
Admin from the Cabinet Office to Central Services (section H) for the Parliamentary Counsel office.
Programme from the Department for Children Schools and Families to Crime Reduction (section B) to fund the Respect database.
Admin from Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs to the UK Border Agency (section F) for the transfer of staff.
Transfers to other government departments:
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Admin from Central Services (section H) to the Ministry of Justice for central support costs related to the Machinery of Government transfer effected in the Winter Supplementary Estimate 2007.
Programme from the Office for Security and Counter Terrorism (section D) to the Cabinet Office to fund counter terrorism work.
Programme from Crime reduction and drugs grants (section K) to the Welsh Assembly to fund the drug intervention programme.
Programme from the UK Border Agency (section F) to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office to help meet the costs of migration policies.
Programme from Crime Reduction (section B) to fund the Ministry of Justice's additional costs of implementing the provisions of the Violent Crime Reduction Act.
Programme from the UK Border Agency to the Ministry of Justice to facilitate the automatic deportation of foreign criminals.
Admin from the UK Border Agency (section F) to the Office for National Statistics for improving migration data.
Programme from Crime Reduction (section B) to fund the Crown Prosecution Service's additional costs of implementing the provisions of the Violent Crime Reduction Act.
Programme from the Office for Security and Counter Terrorism (section D) and the Serious Organised Crime Agency (section R) to the Cabinet Office for Information Security Monitoring and Co-ordination Centre (ISMCC).
Admin from the Departmental Unallocated Provision to HM Treasury for a contribution towards the centre of expertise in sustainable procurement.
Planning round changes: Re-profiling UK Border Agency (section F) programme from 2009-10 to 2008-09.
Re-profiling Office for Security and Counter Terrorism programme from 2008-09 to 2009-10 and 2010-11.
Switch Departmental Unallocated Provision from admin to programme to reflect the latest budget delegations.
(b)There is no change to the capital element of the DEL.
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Iraq: Coalition Regional Commands
The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Ministry of Defence (Baroness Taylor of Bolton): My right honourable friend the Secretary of State for Defence (John Hutton) has made the following Written Ministerial Statement.
I should like to make a Statement on the restructuring of coalition regional commands in Iraq and the implications for the ongoing UK mission there.
As the Iraqi security forces have grown and matured, coalition forces across Iraq have been able to move increasingly into overwatch and mentoring operations. These successes have allowed coalition forces and structures to be rationalised and combat forces from several nations have been able to return home. The UK has also been able to reduce the scale of its deployment.
Until recently, the area south of Baghdad was divided into three multinational divisional areas, with MND-Centre under US control, MND-Centre South under Polish control and MND-South East under UK control. In future, it is anticipated that only a single multinational divisional headquarters will be required south of Baghdad, given that the Iraqi security forces now have the lead in providing the security for all nine provinces in this area. As part of this restructuring, MND-Centre merged with MND-Centre South as Polish forces completed their mission and MND-Centre has now also taken over overwatch from MND-South East of the three provinces Muthanna, Dhi Qar and Maysan. This new US divisional area is called MND-Centre. Security in these three provinces is provided by the 10th Division of the Iraqi Army (previously trained by UK and Australian forces) and therefore this boundary move does not affect any UK forces, which are focused in Basra. This restructuring of divisional areas is therefore an adjustment to reflect better both the dispositions of coalition and Iraqi forces on the ground and the continuing improvements in security. This new divisional area will remain MND-Centre.
MND-South East, which now consists solely of Basra province, remains focused on developing the rapidly improving 14th Division. The delivery of 14th Division was defined by the Prime Minister in his 22 July statement as one of the decisive conditions for transition and it is therefore right that this is where UK forces concentrate their efforts. As the Iraqi security forces increasingly take responsibility for providing security, the role and shape of the coalition will naturally evolve as efforts increasingly focus on economic development, reconstruction and capacity building.