Departments: Public Expenditure

Home Department written question – answered on 27th March 2007.

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Photo of Mark Francois Mark Francois Shadow Paymaster General

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the expenditure threshold is above which spending decisions by his Department require Treasury approval.

Photo of Liam Byrne Liam Byrne Minister of State (Home Office) (Immigration, Citizenship and Nationality)

The Home Office requires specific Treasury approval to commit resources and/or incur expenditure above the following thresholds:

Capital projects—information technology, lands and buildings, on a private finance initiative basis or otherwise—£100,000,000;

Disposal of fixed assets—£5,000,000;

Losses:

Write-offs—£25,000,000

Bad debts—£10,000,000

Impairments—£10,000,000

Fraud/theft—£5,000,000

Provisions—£5,000,000

Abandoned/waived claims—£50,000

Gifts (cash or assets)—£100,000

Indemnities—£50,000

Compensation payments—£20,000

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