HC Deb 02 December 2003 vol 415 cc53-4WS
The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Mr. Ben Bradshaw)

Subject to Parliamentary approval of any necessary Supplementary Estimate, the Forestry Commission's DEL will be increased by £1,681,000 from £82,939,000 to £84,620.000. Within the DEL change, the impact on resources and capital are as set out in the following table:

Change Voted Non-voted Total
Resource 1,311 79,547 2,653 82,200
Capital 370 833 2,657 3,490
Depreciation* -1,070 - -1,070
Total 1,681 79,310 5,310 84,620

*Depreciation, 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 the take up of end of year flexibility for the Forestry Commission including £385,000 under the Invest to Save Budget. The change also includes a transfer of £148,000 to the office of the Deputy Prime Minister towards funding of the Pan Government Agreement for the supply of mapping data.

The increase in the capital element of the DEL arises from the take up of end of year flexibility on both the Capital Modernisation Fund and the Invest to Save Budget of £357,000 and £13,000 respectively.

The increases will be charged to the DEL Reserve and will not therefore add to the planned total of public expenditure.

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