HC Deb 28 June 2001 vol 370 cc150-1W
Dr. Stoate

To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what changes will be made to the departmental expenditure limit and administration costs limit for her Department. [1703]

Ms Hewitt

Subject to Parliamentary approval of the necessary Supplementary Estimates, the Departmental Expenditure Limit for the Department of Trade and Industry will be increased by £62,805,000, to £4,549,049,000 from £4,486,244,000. In addition the gross running costs limit will be reduced by £69,000, from £412,007,000 to £411,938,000.

These changes result from:

  1. (i) the take up of £1,710,000 from the Capital Modernisation Fund for projects to develop Novel Recycling Techniques and to establish a UK Oil Portal;
  2. (ii) the transfer of £12,000,000 in resources to British Trade International for the administration of enterprise scholarships and pilot programmes for entrepreneurs;
  3. (iii) the transfer of £105,000 in administration costs from the Department for the Environment, Food, and Rural Affairs to the Small Business Service for the administration of the Farm Business Advice Service;
  4. (iv) a receipt from the Department for the Environment, Food. and Rural Affairs of £14,150,000 in programme expenditure for the delivery by the Small Business Service (SBS) of the Farm Business Advice Service, which will offset an equivalent increase in the gross expenditure provision;
  5. (v) the transfer of £350,000 from programme to administration costs in respect of implementation of the Postal Services Act 2000;
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  7. (vi) the reclassification from administration costs to programme of the provision of £524,000 from the Invest to Save budget for the development of a video link between a Court and an Official Receiver's Office, and of debt advice pilots;
  8. (vii) the take up of £31,500,000 from the unused balance of the Department's end-year flexibility entitlement from 1999–2000, as set out in the Public Expenditure Outturn White Paper (Cm 4812) for the Rolls Royce Trent (600 and 900 projects
  9. (viii) the provision of £31,500,000 from the Reserve for the Rolls Royce Trent 600 and 900 projects.

All of the above increases will either be offset by transfers or charged to the Reserve and will not therefore add to the planned total of public expenditure.