HL Deb 28 June 2001 vol 626 cc17-8WA
Baroness Turner of Camden

asked Her Majesty's Government:

Whether there are any proposals to amend the Food Standards Agency Departmental Expenditure Limit/Administration Costs Limit for 2001–02. [HL36]

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department of Health (Lord Hunt of Kings Heath)

Subject to parliamentary approval of the necessary Supplementary Estimate for the Food Standards Agency (FSA), the overall resource Departmental Expenditure Limit for 2001–02 will be increased by £7,803,000 (of which £363,000 is administrations costs) from £103,440,000 to £111,243,000.

The increase is the net effect of transfers from the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food (MAFF) of £7,308,000, to cover the estimated fall in Meat Hygiene Service income resulting from the revised charging methodology recommended in the Maclean report, and transfers of £363,000 administration costs and £132,000 programme costs from MAFF to reflect the cost of additional responsibilities transferred to the FSA. The accruals to cash adjustment figures have also been increased by £11,000 to bring them in line with the SR2000 settlement.

As a result of these changes, the gross administration cost limit for the FSA has increased by £363,000 from £41,237,000 to £41,600,000. With the exception of the increase of £11,000 in the cash to accruals adjustment, which will bring the figures into line with those agreed in SR2000, all increases will be offset by transfers from the MAFF Departmental Expenditure Limit (detailed above) and will not therefore add to the planned total of public expenditure.