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The Department of Health DEL has increased by £214,306,000 made up of:

a transfer of £568,000 from the Ministry of Justice mainly for prison healthcare services;



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a transfer of £2,854,000 from the Home Office as the Department's share of a contribution to the migration impact fund;

a transfer of £280,000 to the Department for International Development for the healthy living fund;

a transfer from the Cabinet Office of £426,000 (administration costs) for services of the Parliamentary Counsel; and

an increase £210,738,000 for changes in accounting policies resulting from the introduction of International Financial Reporting Standards.

In addition, the following internal transfers were made:

a transfer of £4,000,000 from programme to administration costs to meet additional costs arising from the Swine Flu programme, reform of Care and Support and the NHS Next Stage Review; and

a transfer from the capital budget to the revenue budget of £200,000,000 to meet existing commitments on pandemic flu.

The Department of Health's administration cost limit has increase by £4,426,000 as detailed above.

The change to the Food Standards Agency element of the DEL is due to:

an increase in the administration budget of £2,000,000 to fund reorganisation within FSA headquarters; and

a decrease of £3,500,000 programme cost identified savings in relation to research and campaign activity.

EU: Development Ministers Meeting

Statement

Lord Brett: My honourable friend the Minister of State for International Development (Gareth Thomas) has made the following Written Ministerial Statement.

The Informal Meeting of EU Development Ministers, organised by the Spanish Presidency, took place in Segovia, Spain, on 17-18 February. I represented the UK. The items covered were as follows.

The Millennium Development Goals Review Summit

This session focused on EU preparations for the MDGs Summit in New York in September 2010. The new Development Commissioner, Andris Piebalgs, and the Presidency underlined the importance of the summit to galvanising support for poverty reduction before the 2015 MDG target date. The UK, alongside the Commission, a number of other member states and civil society representatives, argued that the EU should demonstrate global leadership through a comprehensive package that would include commitments to those goals most at risk, particularly maternal and child health, food security and education. The Commission welcomed the clear steer from Ministers and will reflect this in its proposals planned to be put to the May and June Foreign Affairs Councils. The overall EU position will then go to the June European Council for agreement by leaders.

Financing for Development

I underlined the importance of honouring our EU Official Development Assistance (ODA) commitments. While alternative financing mechanisms, including from the private sector, are likely to form an increasingly

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significant part of meeting the global development and climate challenges, ODA will remain the core contribution and our pledges must be met. I shared the UK's experience of increasing ODA to a position where we will meet the 0.7 per cent GNI target by 2013 and there was considerable interest in our draft legislation to make this commitment a legal obligation. Several member states highlighted the challenge of meeting the targets in the current economic environment, though all member states reaffirmed the importance of the commitment. The Commission and Presidency will work further on suggestions for enhancing the accountability of member states to meet their pledges including an annual review of progress by heads of government and delivery plans to 0.7 per cent for member states.

By special invitation, Norway presented on its work on combating tax evasion and tax havens. In response to the presentation and a Commission discussion paper, Ministers noted the importance of mobilising domestic resources in developing partner countries as a key step in reducing dependency on aid and harnessing finance for poverty reduction. In this context, economic growth, support to improving partner countries' tax systems, tackling illegal financial flows and corruption and addressing tax havens where noted as particularly important. The French led a call for the Presidency to ensure that innovative proposals on taxation and financing were discussed by both development and finance ministers given the shared interest. The Commission will draft a paper for Ministers at the May Foreign Affairs Council on enhancing work on tackling tax evasion in developing countries.

More effective EU development assistance

Alongside the quantity of aid, we discussed improving the quality of that aid. The Commission presented work on the improving the complementarity and co-ordination of EU aid.

Transatlantic relations

The new administrator of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), Dr Shah, presented his priorities to the group. These were: a strong focus on the MDGs, particularly how technology can be deployed in support of development; maternal health; food security; and education. Dr. Shah emphasised his desire to build an effective and practical partnership with the EU on development issues, something already in evidence and underlined by the response to the Haiti earthquake response. EU Ministers welcomed his appointment and pledged to take forward this important relationship on a range of issues, not least the 2010 MDG Summit.

Haiti

Ministers discussed the situation in Haiti, both in terms of immediate response and ensuring better coordination for the reconstruction. Edmund Mullet, UN Special Representative to Haiti, Kristalina Georgieva, the new EU Humanitarian Commissioner and Dr. Shah provided details of their own efforts and their assessment of need. I joined my EU colleagues in recognising the tireless efforts of UN staff, Commission and other aid workers in Haiti.



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I argued for a thorough review of the humanitarian system over the last five years, learning lessons from Haiti and other disasters and drawing up recommendations to improve future responses. This proposal gained support from a number of Ministers and this will help to build the growing consensus behind the review.

I also held a series of useful bilateral meetings discussing for example reform of the humanitarian system, Haiti, the MDGs and aid financing with amongst others: Dirk Neibel, the German Development Minister, Dr. Shah of USAID and Commissioner Piebalgs.

Foreign and Commonwealth Office: DEL

Statement

The Minister of State, Foreign and Commonwealth Office (Baroness Kinnock of Holyhead): My right honourable friend the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs (David Miliband) has made the following Written Ministerial Statement.

Subject to parliamentary approval of any necessary Supplementary Estimate, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office Departmental Expenditure Limit (DEL) will be increased by £94,354,000 from £2,246,893,000 to £2,341,247,000. The administration budget will be increased by £29,444,000 from £426,845,000 to £456,289,000. Within the DEL change, the impact on resources and capital are as set out in the following table.

Change (£,000)New DEL (£,000)
VotedNon-VotedVotedNon-VotedTotal

Resource

107,354

-

2,237,987

3,000

2,240,987

of which:

Administration budget*

29,444

-

456,289

-

456,289

Near-cash in Resource DEL

107,354

-

2,027,933

16,000

2,043,933

Capital**

-13,000

-

203,310

-

203,310

Depreciationº

-

-

-103,050

-

-103,050

Total

94,354

-

2,338,247

3,000

2,341,247

* The total of '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.

º 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.

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

Request for Resources 1

Administration

take-up of £5,700,000 administration costs in respect of restructuring;a claim on the Reserve of £6,000,000 administration costs in respect of modernisation of the FCO;

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a transfer of £11,000 administration from the Cabinet Office in respect of charging for legal services by the Office of the Parliamentary Counsel;a transfer of £1,002,000 administration to MOD in respect of the FCO's contribution to the Information Assurance Technical Programme;a transfer of £16,000,000 capital to administration in respect of exchange rate pressures. This amount includes £3,000,000 transferred from Capital EYF; anda transfer of £2,735,000 other current AME to administration DEL in respect of FCO staff costs for accrued annual leave.

Programme

a claim on the Reserve of £44,464,000 current grants in respect of the International Subscriptions cost sharing agreement;a claim on the Reserve of £25,060,000 other current in respect of Consular Premiums;a transfer of £5,500,000 other current from DfID in respect of the Returns and Reintegration Fund;a transfer of £77,000 other current from DfID in respect of the Iraqi LE staff assistance scheme;a transfer of £10,000 other current from DfID in respect of the Low Carbon High Growth Strategic Programme Fund;a transfer of £6,695,000 other current to MoD in respect of counter-narcotics work in Afghanistan.A transfer of £1,965,000 other current to MOD in respect of counter-narcotics work in Afghanistan.a transfer of £500,000 other current to the Security and Intelligence Agencies for expansion and capability; anda transfer of £2,000,000 from RfR1 to RfR2 for FCO's contribution to the Helmand uplift for Stabilisation and Conflict Prevention.

Capital

take up of £3,000,000 Capital EYF in respect of a transfer to administration costs; anda transfer of £16,000,000 capital to administration in respect of exchange rate pressures.

Request for Resources 2

Programme

a benefit to HMT's Reserve of £14,000,000 in respect of Stabilisation and Conflict Prevention;a transfer of £14,700,000 from DfID in respect of discretionary Peacekeeping funds;a transfer of £11,259,000 from DfID in respect of Stabilisation and Conflict Prevention; anda transfer of £2,000,000 from RfR1 to RfR2 for FCO's contribution to the Helmand uplift for Stabilisation and Conflict Prevention.

Government Actuary's Department: DEL

Statement

The Financial Services Secretary to the Treasury (Lord Myners): My honourable friend the Economic Secretary to the Treasury (Ian Pearson) has made the following Written Ministerial Statement.



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Subject to parliamentary approval of any necessary Supplementary Estimate, the Government Actuary's Department total DEL will be increased by £22,000 from £403,000 to £425,000. Within the total DEL change the impact on resources and capital is set out in the following table.

Change (£,000)New DEL (£,000)
VotedNon-votedVotedNon-votedTotal

Resource DEL

1

-

543

-

543

of which:

Administration Budget †

1

-

543

-

543

Near-cash in RDEL †

1

338

49

345

394

Capital DEL ††

-

-

217

-

217

Less Depreciation †††

21

-

-335

-

-335

Total DEL

22

-

425

-

425

† 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.

The change in the resource element of DEL arises from:

an increase in salaries provision of £2,201,000 from £8,638,000 to £10,839,000;

an increase in other non-staff expenditure of £450,000 from £3,907,000 to £4,357,000;

moving to reporting under International Reporting Accounting Standards (IFRS) to record an increase of £15,000 for employer liability relating to untaken annual leave

an Increase in Appropriations in Aid provision of £2,665,000 from £12,497,000 to £15,162,000

an increase in Notional Audit costs of £21,000 from £35,000 to £56,000; and


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