HC Deb 27 November 2002 vol 395 cc32-3WS
The Minister for Rural Affairs (Alun Michael)

Subject to Parliamentary approval of the Supplementary Estimate, the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs' DEL will be increased by £323,006,000 from £2,135,714,000 to £2,458,720,000, and the administration costs limit will be increased by £94,091,000 from £392,599,000 to £486,690,000. Within the DEL change, the impact on resources and capital are set out in the following table:

The change in the resource element of the DEL arises from: i) a draw down of £136,900,000 from the DEL Reserve for various Departmental priorities including FMD, ii) a take-up of our entitlement to £69,300,000 under End-Year flexibility, iii) a take-up of £2,000,000 programme resources from the November 2000 Flood Defence Package, iv) a switch of £12,100,000 programme resources to administrative resources, as agreed with Treasury, v) a transfer from RfRl to RfR2 of £128,000,000 in respect of England Rural Development Plan (ERDP), vi) a transfer of £70,000 programme resources to LCD for Countryside Rights of Way Act, vii) a transfer of £105,000 programme resources to DTI for the Farm Business Advice Service (FBAS) and, viii) to take-up transfers from ex DTLR of £37,114,000 held over from last year, ix) to take-up £200,000 programme resources from DfT for fishermen's training.

Our EYF resource entitlement above includes £34,522,000 budget cover (non-Estimate) for the British Waterways Board (BWB), one of our Public Corporations.

Resources Capital
Change New DEL Of which: Voted Non-voted Change New DEL Of which: voted Non-voted
No change 53,598 50,945 2,653 3,605 10,855 850 10,005

The increase in the capital element of the DEL arises from take up of end of year flexibility on the Capital Modernisation Fund. The increase will be charged to the DEL Reserve and will not therefore add to the planned total of public expenditure.