Departmental Expenditure Limits

Health written statement – made on 23rd November 2010.

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Photo of Simon Burns Simon Burns The Minister of State, Department of Health

Subject to the necessary supplementary estimates, the Department of Health's element of the departmental expenditure limit (DEL) will increase by £20,860,000 from £106,260,372,000 to £106,281,232,000 the Administration Cost Limit has increased by £4,201,000 from £211,079,000 to £215,280,000. The Food Standards Agency DEL decreases by £16,059,000 from £130,989,000 to £114,930,000. The Administration Cost Limit will reduce by £5,389,000 from £56,299,000 to £50,910,000. The overall DEL including the Food Standards Agency will increase by £4,801,000 from £106,391,361,000 to £106,396,162,000. The impact on resource and capital are set out in the following table:

Change New DEL
Voted£m Non-voted£m Voted£m Non-voted£m Total£m
Department of Health
Resource DEL, of which 467.860 -447.000 101,141.041 243.339 101,384.380
Administration Budget 4.201 - 210.280 5.000 215.280
Capital DEL(1) - 0 2,150.189 2,746.663 4,896.852
Total Department of Health DEL 467.860 -447.000 103,291.230 2,990.002 106,281.232
Depreciation(2) - - -1,119.419 0 -1,119.419
Total Department of Health spending (after adjustment) 467.860 -447.000 102,171.811 2,990.002 105,161.813
Food Standards Agency
Resource DEL, of which -16.059 - 114.329 - 114.329
Administration Budget -5.389 - 50.910 - 50.910
Capital DEL(1) - - 0.601 - 0.601
Total Food Standards Agency DEL -16.059 114.930 - 114.930
Depreciation(2) - - -1.861 - -1.861
Total Food Standards Agency spending (after adjustment) -16.059 - 113.069 - 113.069
(1)Capital DEL includes items treated as Resource in Estimates and accounts but which are treated as Capital DEL in budgets.

(2)Depreciation, which forms part of resource DEL, is excluded from the total DEL since the capital DEL includes capital spending and to include depreciation of those assets would lead to double counting.

The Department of Health DEL has increased by £20,860,000 made up of:

an increase of £14,327,000 (£4,201,000 administration costs) as a result of a Machinery of Government change with nutrition policy moving from the Food Standards Agency; a transfer of £10,513,000 from the Ministry of Justice mainly for prison healthcare services; a transfer of -£2,000,000 to the Cabinet Office as the Department's share of a contribution to information assurance strategy; and a transfer of -£1,980,000 to the Department of Communities and Local Government towards the migrant impact fund.

The Department of Health's administration cost limit has increased as a result of the Machinery of Government change detailed above.

The change of £16,059,000 to the Food Standards Agency element of the DEL is due to:

a reduction in DEL of £14,327,000 (£4,201,000 administration costs) for the transfer of nutrition responsibilities to the Department of Health. It was announced on the 20 July the Department of Health would become responsible for nutrition policy in England; and a reduction in DEL of £1,732,000 (£1,188,000 administration costs) for the transfer of labelling responsibilities. It was announced on the 20 July that the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs will become responsible for country of origin labelling and various other types of labelling not related to food safety, and food composition policies in England.