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Departmental Unallocated Provision (£4.994 million).

Northern Ireland Office: Winter Supplementary Estimates

Statement

Lord Shutt of Greetland: My right honourable friend the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland (Owen Paterson) has made the following Ministerial Statement.

Subject to parliamentary approval the Northern Ireland Office (NIO) will be taking a 2010-11 Winter Supplementary Estimate. The effect this will have is to decrease the NIO's Total DEL (excluding depreciation) by £1,169,047,000 from £1,203,205,000 to £34,158,000.

(£,000)ChangeNew DEL
VotedNon-VotedVotedNon-votedTotal

Resource

(293,444)

(869,832)

34,174

1,702

35,876

Admin Budget

(51,813)

-

16,751

-

16,751

Capital

(35,387)

(36,076)

440

-

440

Depreciation

24,797

40,895

(2,100)

(58)

(2,158)

Total (excl. depreciation)

(304,034)

(865,013)

32,514

1,644

34,158

The change in Total DEL of £1,169,047,000 relates to the devolution of policing and justice to the Northern Ireland Executive on 12 April 2010.

NI Consolidated Fund - Request for Resources (RfR) 2

The Northern Ireland Executive DEL is increased by £1,310,609,000 from £9,515,937,000 to £10,826,546,000. Within the total DEL change, the impact on resources and capital is set out in the following table:

(£,000)ChangeNew DEL

Resource DEL

1,307,846

9,931,705

Capital DEL

80,263

1,222,906

Resource DEL + Capital DEL

1,388,109

11,154,611

Less Depreciation

77,500

328,065

Total DEL net of depreciation

1,310,609

10,826,546

This increase takes account of the machinery of government change that devolved policing and justice from the Northern Ireland Office and the Northern Ireland Courts Service to the Northern Ireland Executive on 12 April 2010.

Older People: Active at 60 Community Agents

Statement

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department for Work and Pensions (Lord Freud): My honourable friend the Minister for Pensions (Steve Webb) has made the following Written Ministerial Statement.



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Today, I am pleased to announce that the Government are providing £1 million to help older people keep active and make the most of their later lives. This money is available for local community groups or organisations within 30 selected areas1 to bid for small grants of between £250-£3,000.

Each local community group within the selected areas will recruit at least one Active at 60 Community Agent who will volunteer their time to help motivate, encourage and organise people within their own communities to become more active, physically, socially and mentally. Active at 60 Community Agents will be from the communities they are helping, and will have the flexibility to design innovative ways of encouraging and inspiring activity to help improve people's later lives.

Through the Active at 60 Community Agent initiative those people who are more at risk of social isolation in their later lives will be supported in becoming more active, independent and positively engaged with society. Active at 60 Community Agents will help people within their communities to:

take the first step in trying something new;understand the benefits they can get from being more active, engaged and contributing to their communities; andbuild social contacts to help make being active part of their routine.

This project is part of the Government's ambition to build a big society in which power is transferred from Whitehall to local communities, and organisations and voluntary groups play a far greater role in their community.

1 The following areas have been selected on the basis of level of deprivation and age structure, whilst ensuring a broad split across the English regions, encompassing both rural and urban areas:

Liverpool, Middlesbrough, Hackney, Sandwell, Kingston Upon Hull, Nottingham, Bournemouth, Southend-on-Sea, Brighton and Hove, Redcar and Cleveland, Wirral, Doncaster, Cornwall and The Isles of Scilly, East Sussex, Norfolk, Herefordshire, County of, Lincolnshire, Enfield, Knowsley, Blackpool, Manchester, Stoke-on-Trent, Birmingham, Salford, Hartlepool, Tower Hamlets, Wolverhampton, South Tyneside, Rochdale, Sunderland.

Scotland Office: Winter Supplementary Estimates

Statement

The Advocate-General for Scotland (Lord Wallace of Tankerness): Subject to parliamentary approval of the necessary Supplementary Estimates, the Departmental Expenditure Limit (DEL) for Scottish Government will be increased by £302,413,000 from £28,401,374,000 to £28,703.787,000. Within the total DEL change, the impact on resources and capital is set out in the following table:



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(£,000)ChangeNew DEL

Resource DEL

158,993

25,857,454

of which:

Non Ring-Fenced

125,993

25,243,842

Capital DEL

149,621

3,388,567

Resource DEL + Capital DEL

308,614

29,246,021

Less Depreciation

6,201

542,234

Total DEL

302,413

28,703,787

DEL provision for the Scotland Office will remain unchanged.

The increase in the Scotland DEL takes account of the following adjustments to the Scottish Government provision:

the take-up of End Year Flexibility (EYF) by the Scottish Government amounting to £302,621,000 (including £6,201,000 for depreciation and impairments); andclear line of sight classification changes-student loans of £4,500,000.

The DEL increase also includes the following changes:

a transfer of £1,180,000 from the Home Office in respect of the Migration Impact Fund; a transfer of £100,000 from the Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) to Marine Scotland in respect of marine protected areas; anda transfer of £213,000 from the Department for Children, Schools and Families in respect of the Child Trust Fund.

Annex A

Changes to DEL

Scotland Office DEL

The Scotland Office DEL will remain unchanged.

Scotland DEL

Take up of EYF by the Scottish Government of £302,621,000 (£153,000,000 near cash, £33,000,000 non-cash and £149,621,000 capital).

Clear Line of Sight classification changes amounting to £4,500,000.

Other transfers of £1,493,000 as follows:

a transfer of £1,180,000 from the Home Office in respect of the Migration Impact Fund; a transfer of £100,000 from the Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) to Marine Scotland in respect of marine protected areas; anda transfer of £213,000 from the Department for Children, Schools and Families in respect of the Child Trust Fund.

In addition, provision for depreciation increases by £6,201,000.

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



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(£,000)ChangeNew DEL

Resource DEL

158,993

25,857,454

of which:

Non Ring-Fenced

125,993

25,243,842

Capital DEL

149,621

3,388,567

Resource DEL + Capital DEL

308,614

29,246,021

Less Depreciation/Impairments

6,201

542,234

Total DEL

302,413

28,703,787

Changes to AME

an increase in provision of £2,686,000 for NHS Pensions (Scotland);an increase in provision of £40,293,000 for Teachers Pensions (Scotland);an increase in provision of £20,000,000 for NHS impairments;a reduction in provision of £5,258,000 for Student Loans; anda reduction in provision of £4,500,000 for Clear Line of Sight classification changes-Student Loans.

Changes to Non-Budget

a reduction of £177,737,000 for changes in cash to accrual adjustments.

There is an increase in the grant payable to the Scottish Consolidated Fund of £539,572,000 from £26,609,096,000 to £27,148,668,000.



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Terrorist Asset-Freezing etc. Bill [HL]

Statement

The Commercial Secretary to the Treasury (Lord Sassoon): My honourable friend the Exchequer Secretary to the Treasury (David Gauke) has made the following Written Ministerial Statement.

On 15 November the Financial Secretary to the Treasury reported to Parliament on the operation of the UK's counter-terrorist asset-freezing regime for the period July to September 2010.

During the Second Reading of the Terrorist Asset-Freezing etc. Bill, I responded to the honourable Member for Leicester East about figures published in the report. My response appears at Official Report, 15 November 2010, col. 708.

The explanation I gave of the figures was incorrect. For the purpose of transparency and to ensure the report is correctly interpreted in the future I would like to clarify that explanation.

As of 30 September 2010, a total of 205 accounts containing just under £290,000 of suspected terrorist funds were frozen in the UK.

Of that £290,000, approximately £140,000 was frozen under the UK's domestic terrorist asset-freezing regime, which is mandated by UNSCR 1373 and implemented by the legislation that the Bill is intended to replace. The remaining £150,000 was frozen under the UN al-Qaeda and Taliban asset-freezing regime.


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