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Resource Accounts

Treasury written question – answered on 6th May 2003.

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Photo of Barry Sheerman Barry Sheerman Chair, Education & Skills Committee

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when each of the resource accounts for 2001–02 were published; what the (a) greatest, (b) median and (c) least number of days that elapsed was between each of the resource accounts being laid formally upon the table and made generally available to the public; what the median number of days that elapsed was between each of the resource accounts for (i) 1999–2000 and (ii) 2000–01 being laid formally upon the table and made generally available to the public; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of Mr Paul Boateng Mr Paul Boateng Chief Secretary, HM Treasury, The Chief Secretary to the Treasury

Under the Government Resource Accounts Act 2000, the Treasury has the statutory responsibility to lay departmental resource accounts before the House of Commons. All accounts for 2001–02 were laid before Parliament by the statutory deadline of 31 January 2002. Departments are responsible for publishing resource accounts. The dates on which Departments' resource accounts for 2001–02 were laid and published are shown in the following table:

2001–02 HC No. Departments Laid Published Working days between laying and publishing
1198 Armed Forces Pension Scheme—MOD 30 October 2002 30 October 2002 0
295 British Trade International 29 January 2003 29 January 2003 0
356 Cabinet Office 30 January 2003 30 January 2003 0
355 Cabinet Office: Civil Superannuation 30 January 2003 30 January 2003 0
294 Central Office of Information 30 January 2003 30 January 2003 0
360 Charity Commission 30 January 2003 30 January 2003 0
181 Crown Estate 18 December 2002 18 December 2002 0
1239 Crown Prosecution Service 30 October 2002 30 October 2002 0
5671(20) Customs and Excise 11 December 2002 11 December 2002 0
9 DCMS 20 November 2002 20 November 2002 0
47 Defence—MOD 21 November 2002 21 November 2002 0
253 Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs 29 January 2003 28 February 2003 22
363 Department of Health 30 January 2003 17 February 2003 12
1200 Department of National Savings and Investments 23 October 2002 23 October 2002 0
316 Department for Education and Skills 30 January 2003 30 January 2003 0
341 Department for Transport, Local Government and the Regions 30 January 2003 18 February 2003 13
48 DfID 27 November 2002 27 November 2002 0
272 DfID—Superannuation Pensions 22 January 2003 22 January 2003 0
146 Department for Work and Pensions 30 January 2003 07 February 2003 6
280 Department for Trade and Industry 29 January 2003 29 January 2003 0
1061 ECGD 23 July 2002 23 July 2002 0
324 FCO 30 January 2003 30 January 2003 0
163 Food Standards Agency 29 January 2003 29 January 2003 0
284 Forestry Commission 29 January 2003 29 January 2003 0
285 Forestry Commission Pension Scheme 29 January 2003 29 January 2003 0
1087 GAD 10 July 2002 11 July 2002 1
168 HM Treasury 29 January 2003 29 January 2003 0
364 Home Office 31 January 2003 28 March 2003 40
71 Inland Revenue 09 December 2002 09 December 2002 0
365 Intervention Board Executive Agency 30 January 2003 Not yet published
314 Lord Chancellors Department 29 January 2003 31 January 2003 2
70 National Investment and Loans Office 27 November 2002 27 November 2002 0
319 NHS Pension Scheme (England and Wales) 30 January 2003 30 January 2003 0
358 Northern Ireland Court Service 30 January 2003 Not yet published
279 Northern Ireland Office 30 January 2003 30 January 2003 0
1110 Office for National Statistics 22 July 2002 22 July 2002 0
986 Ofgem 26 June 2002 26 June 2002 0
35 Ofsted 27 November 2002 27 November 2002 0
301 Oft 30 January 2003 30 January 2003 0
46 Oftel 27 November 2002 27 November 2002 0
1182 Ofwat 16 October 2002 16 October 2002 0
1201 Orr 31 October 2002 31 October 2002 0
354 Postal Services Commission 30 January 2003 30 January 2003 0
325 Privy Council Office 30 January 2003 30 January 2003 0
11 Public Records Office 18 November 2002 18 November 2002 0
282 Registry of Friendly Societies 30 January 2002 30 January 2002 0
52 Scotland Office 17 December 2002 17 December 2002 0
368 Security and Intelligence Agencies 30 January 2003 05 February 2002 4
366 Royal Mint 30 January 2003 05 February 2003 4
367 Serious Fraud Office 30 January 2003 31 March 2003 42
315 Teachers Pension Scheme 30 January 2003 30 January 2003 0
237 Treasury Solicitors 08 January 2003 08 January 2003 0
292 UK Atomic Energy AuthorityDTI 29 January 2003 29 January 2003 0
318 Wales Office 29 January 2003 29 January 2003 0

(20) The accounts for HM Customs and Excise were presented to Parliament in Command 5671—as recorded in HOC 530.

As at 25 April 2003, that is excluding those Departments which had not published their resource accounts by that date, the greatest, median and least number of working days elapsing between departmental resource accounts for 2001–02 being laid formally upon the table and made generally available to the public are 42, 0 and 0 respectively. There are two accounts for 2001–02 still to be published and the Treasury is following these up with the Departments concerned.

The median number of days which elapsed between each of the departmental resource accounts for 1999–2000 and 2000–01 being laid formally upon the table and made generally available to the public are 21 and 2 respectively (this compares to the median of 1 day for 2000–01 accounts quoted in my predecessor's answer of 30 April 2002, Hansard, column 722W, as a result of further Departments' resource accounts being published after that date).

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