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Written Statements

Thursday 12 February 2009

Cabinet Office: DEL

Statement

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory

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Reform & Cabinet Office (Baroness Vadera):
My right honourable friend the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster (Liam Byrne) has made the following Written Ministerial Statement.

Subject to parliamentary approval of the spring supplementary estimate2008-09, the Cabinet Office total Departmental Expenditure Limit (DEL) will be increased by £50,980,000 from £357,896,000 to £408,876,000.

£’000Winter Supplementary Estimate DELChangesSpring Supplementary Estimate New DEL
VotedNon VotedTotalVotedNon VotedTotalVotedNon VotedTotal

Resource DEL

304,681

37,476

342,157

+48,725

-50

+48,675

353,406

37,426

390,832

Of which:

Administration Budget

203,250

-

203,250

-27,238

-

-27,238

176,012

-

176,012

Near cash in RDEL

260,874

38,591

299,465

+46,725

-35

+46,690

307,599

38,556

346,155

Capital DEL**

48,541

1,050

49,591

+4,255

+50

+4,305

52,796

1,100

53,896

Depreciation*

-33,852

-

-33,852

-2,000

-

-2,000

-35,852

-

-35,852

Total DEL

319,370

38,526

357,896

+50,980

-

+50,980

370,350

38,526

408,876

Summary of Changes in DEL

The change in the resource element of DEL, an increase of £48.675 million, comprises £37.195 million agreed claims on the Reserve, a £0.165 million take up of End Year Flexibility, £12.312 million transfers of budgetary cover from/to other government departments and £0.997 million transfers to Capital DEL.

The change in the capital element of DEL, an increase of £4.305 million, comprises a £3.308 million take up of End Year Flexibility and £0.997 million transfers from Resource DEL.

Changes in Resource DEL (RDEL)

The changes which result in a net increase in Resource DEL (RDEL) of £48,675,000 are as follows:

Agreed Claims on the Reserve

A drawdown from the Reserve for v Matched Funding for the Office of the Third Sector to cover grant expenditure increases Resource DEL and Net Cash Requirement by £13,000,000.

A drawdown from the Reserve for the Invest to Save Budget (ISB) for the Office of the Third Sector to cover grant expenditure increases Resource DEL and Net Cash Requirement by £916,000.

A drawdown on the Reserve for the Grassroots Grant programme increases Resource DEL and Net Cash Requirement by £23,279,000.

End Year Flexibility

A take up of End Year Flexibility (EYF) for the Invest to Save Budget (ISB) for the Office of the Third Sector increases Resource DEL and Net Cash Requirement by £165,000.

Budget cover transfers outwards

Transfers to other Government Departments to cover the costs of the Office of the Parliamentary Counsel reduces Resource DEL and Net Cash Requirement by £1,728,000.

Budget cover transfers inwards

A transfer from the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) to cover the costs of i Monitoring Security Co-ordination Centre (iMSCC) increases Resource DEL and Net Cash Requirement by £40,000.

A transfer from the Security and Intelligence Agencies to cover the costs of the SCOPE programme increases Non Cash Resource DEL by £14,000,000.

Transfers from Voted Resource to Capital DEL

A transfer from Voted Resource DEL to Capital DEL increases the Capital Budget by £947,000 and consists of the following: a £60,000 transfer from the House of Lords Appointments Commission Resource DEL to cover the costs of redeveloping the appointments database, a £750,000 transfer from the core Cabinet Office Resource DEL to enhance the computer system that supports the Civil Service Pensions and a £137,000 transfer from the core Cabinet Office Resource DEL to cover expenditure on projects implementing security measures.



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Transfer from Non-Voted Resource to Capital DEL

The Commission for the Compact Limited, an executive NDPB, has arranged to transfer £50,000 of its Non-Voted Resource DEL to Capital DEL to cover expenditure on office equipment.

Changes in Capital DEL (CDEL)

The changes which result in a net increase in Capital DEL (CDEL) of £4,305,000 are as follows:

End Year Flexibility

A take up of End Year Flexibility for the Government Security Zone to cover accounting adjustments on capital grants increases Capital DEL by £3,308,000; there is no corresponding increase in Net Cash Requirement.

Transfers from Voted and Non-Voted Resource to Capital DEL

A transfer from Voted and Non-Voted Resource DEL to Capital DEL increases the Capital Budget by £997,000 as previously described in the section Changes in Resource DEL.

Charles Darwin

Statement

Lord Davies of Oldham: My right honourable friend the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport (Andy Burnham) has made the following Written Ministerial Statement:

Today is Charles Darwin’s 200thBirthday and the beginning of a year-long programme of events to celebrate his life and work which culminates on 24 November, the 150th Anniversary of the publication of his seminal book On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection.

Charles Darwin is one of the most influential Britons of all time and perhaps the most important natural historian of all. His theory that all species of life have evolved over time from one or a few common ancestors through the process of natural selection has framed and shaped current scientific thinking and dramatically influenced the society we live in today. At a time of unprecedented environmental change, it continues to inform our understanding of the future challenges for humans and the natural world.

Darwin’s importance to the world is such that Darwin’s home and workplace, Darwin’s Landscape Laboratory, has been chosen as the UK’s 2009 nomination to become a World Heritage Site.



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A wide range of organisations across England, Wales and Scotland have collaborated under the brand name Darwin200, to produce a national programme of events to celebrate the legacy and enduring relevance of Charles Darwin’s work. The partnership includes a number of organisations from across the arts, education, heritage, local government, libraries, media, museums, science, and tourism sectors such as the Natural History Museum, the BBC, the British Council, Research Councils UK, the University of Cambridge, and The Royal Society.

The Department for Culture, Media and Sport, the Department for Children, Schools and Families, the Department for Innovation, Universities and Skills, and the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs have been working together to support the Darwin celebrations.

There will be Darwin-related events in all parts of the country. The involvement of Members from all sides of the House will help to raise the profile of Darwin200 and give added momentum to the work that so many of our national and regional organisations are involved in.

More about events celebrating Darwin’s life and work can be found at www.Darwin200.org

Department for Children Schools and Families: DEL

Statement

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department for Children, Schools and Families (Baroness Morgan of Drefelin): My right honourable friend the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (Ed Balls) has made the following Written Ministerial Statement.

Subject to parliamentary approval of any necessary supplementary estimate, the Department for Children, Schools and Families Departmental Expenditure Limit (DEL) will be increased by £41,975,000 from £52,722,327,000 to £52,764,302,000; the administration cost budget will be increased by £2,033,000 from £187,536,000 to £189,569,000. The Office for Standards in Education, Children’s Services and Skills (Ofsted) which has a separate Estimate and DEL, will be increased by £32,200,000 from £181,216,000 to £213,416,000 the administration cost budget will remain as £28,721,000.

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



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DCFSResourcesCapital ***
ChangeNew DELOf which:ChangeNew DELOf which:
VotedNon-votedVotedNon- voted
£’000£’000£’000£’000£’000£’000£’000£’000

RfR 1

-1,505

45,418,319

44,172,607

1,245,712

-127,577

5,584,989

4,527,318

1,057,671

RfR 2

44,943

1,339,855

1,317,839

22,016

126,114

421,139

421,139

0

DCSF Total

43,438

46,758,174

45,490,446

1,267,728

-1,463

6,006,128

4,948,457

1,057,671

Ofsted

32,200

212,435

212,435

0

0

981

981

0

Sub Total

75,638

46,970,609

45,702,881

1,267,728

-1,463

6,007,109

4,949,438

1,057,671

**Of which Admin Budget

2,033

218,290

218,290

0

0

0

0

0

Near-cash in RDEL

75,638

46,816,859

45,702,344

1,304,515

0

0

0

0

Depreciation*

1,780

-13,170

-7,932

-3,238

0

0

0

0

Total

75,638

46,970,609

45,702,881

1,267,728

-1,463

6,007,109

4,949,438

1,057,671


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