Departmental Expenditure Limits

Defence written statement – made on 23rd November 2010.

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Photo of Liam Fox Liam Fox The Secretary of State for Defence

Subject to parliamentary approval of the necessary supplementary estimate, the Ministry of Defence departmental expenditure limits (DEL) will be increased by £102,744,000 (Voted and Non Voted) from £37,219,510,000 to £37,322,254,000. Within the DEL change, the impact on Resources and Capital are as set out in the following table:

Change New DEL
Voted Non-Voted Voted Non-voted Total
Resource 102,744 - 35,454,550 603,460 36,058,010
Ofwhich:AdministrationBudget - - 2,182,586 - 2,182,586
Capital - - 10,070,208 851 10,071,059
Depreciation(1) - - -8,797,259 -9,556 -8,806,815
Total 102,744 - 36,727,499 594,755 37,322,254
(1) 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 changes to the resource and capital elements of the DEL arise from:

Voted Resource DEL increase £102,744,000:


(1) An increase of £88,000,000 in Resource DEL to bring it into line with the audited outturn for 2009-10, updating the provisional adjustment made at main estimate, as agreed with the Treasury from the reserve.

(2) To increase the net non budget grant funding of £1,289,000 by reducing Resource DEL by £28,000 for the Council of Reserve Forces and Cadets Association, £600,000 for the National Army Museum, £871,000 for the Royal Hospital Chelsea, and £315,000 for the Cadets and Sea Scouts Association; and, increasing Resource DEL by reducing the Royal Navy National Museum non budget grant of £525,000.


(1) A transfer in of £16,033,000 from the Department for International Development being their contribution to the conflict pool.

The changes to Resource DEL and Capital DEL will lead to an increased net cash requirement of £104,033,000.