Tim Loughton (Shadow Minister (Children), Children, Schools and Families; East Worthing and Shoreham, Conservative)
To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the written ministerial statements of 23 February 2010, Official Report, column 40WS, on pandemic flu and 22 March 2010, Official Report, columns 11-12WS, on departmental expenditure limits and administration cost limits (2009-10), for what reasons there was a transfer (a) of £200 million from his Department's capital budget to its revenue budget to meet existing commitments on pandemic flu and (b) of £100 million from his Department's revenue budget to its capital budget to meet existing commitments on pandemic flu.
Mike O'Brien (Minister of State (Health Services), Department of Health; North Warwickshire, Labour)
The £200 million transfer from the Department's capital budget to its revenue budget was based on the information available on pandemic flu commitments at the time of the Spring Parliamentary Estimate exercise.
Since the Spring Parliamentary exercise, the Department has finalised the budgeting and accounting treatment of pandemic flu commitments and consequently undertook the transfer of £100 million from the revenue budget to the capital budget.
These transfers do not change the overall funding is available to the Department.