HL Deb 01 December 2003 vol 655 c18WA
Lord Christopher

asked Her Majesty's Government:

Whether they will give details of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office's spring supplementary estimate. [HL63]

The Minister of State, Foreign and Commonwealth Office (Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean)

Subject to parliamentary approval of any necessary supplementary estimate, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office departmental expenditure limit (DEL) will be decreased by £19,000 from £1,651,679,000 to £1,651,660,000. Within the DEL change, the impact on resources is as set out in the following table:

Change Voted Non-voted Total
Resource -19,000 1,432,068 219,592 1,651,660
Capital 0 51,289 5,800 57,089
Depreciation¹ 0 -105,994 -31,800 -137,794
Total -19,000 1,377,363 193,592 1,570,955
¹Depreciation, 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:

  1. (i) A Public Expenditure Survey (PES) transfer to the Department for Transport of £100,000 in respect of the setting up of a Register of Shipping by the Maritime and Coastguard Agency for certain Caribbean Overseas Territories.
  2. (ii) A PES transfer to the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs of £67,000 in respect of payments due to the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS).
  3. (iii) A PES transfer from the Department for International Development of £14,000 in respect of costs incurred by a British Geological Survey visit to Afghanistan.