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The decrease in the resource element of the DEL of £112,598,000 arises from a decrease in the voted element of the resource DEL of £408,984,000 and an increase of £296,386,000 in the non-voted element of resource DEL mainly in the Department's Non-Departmental Public Bodies.
A £361,672,000 virement to non-voted resource DEL, £81,234,000 to support schools and teachers, £271,213,000 to support further education and lifelong learning, £4,200,000 for student support, £5,025,000 to support children and families.
A movement of £43,275,000 from RFR2 to RFR1, £2,000,000 in respect of foundation stage strand of the primary national strategy, £40,800,000 to meet commitments in RFR1, £475,000 for Sure Start contributions to Directgov.
Transfers from the Cabinet Office £396,000 for the Parliamentary Counsel Office, from the Home Office £5,683,000 capacity funding for Prison Education, from the Department of Health £2,000,000 for the Education Intervention Programme.
Transfers to the Department of Trade and Industry £350,000 for the National Council of Graduate Entrepreneurship, to the Home Office £8,323,000 for
Prison Education, £1,340,000 for the post-Bichard vetting scheme, to the Department for Culture, Media and Sport £2,130,000 for Museums and Galleries programme.
Transfers due to machinery of government changes to the Department of Constitutional Affairs £5,545,000 for Special Educational Needs Tribunals, to the National Assembly for Wales £19,935,000 for the Welsh element of Student Loans.
A movement of £43,275,000 from RFR2 to RFR1, £2,000,000 in respect of foundation stage strand of the primary national strategy, £40,800,000 to meet commitments in RFR1, £475,000 for sure start contributions to Directgov.
The increase in the capital element of the DEL of £12,980,000 arises from a £288,065,000 increase in the
voted element of capital DEL and a decrease of £275,085,000 in the non-voted element of capital DEL.
An increase of £219,187,000 for Schools and teachers. An increase of £3,697,000 for capital grants to Local Authorities to support schools. An increase of £201,000 for capital grants to Local Authorities to support Children and Families.
A £331,000 increase in the administration cost budget arises from the transfer from the Cabinet Office of £396,000 for the Parliamentary Counsel Office. Transfers due to machinery of government changes to the Department for Constitutional Affairs £65,000 for Special Educational Needs Tribunals.
The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Barry Gardiner): Subject to Parliamentary approval of any necessary Supplementary Estimate, the Forestry Commission's DEL will be increased by £2,541,000 from £82,288,000 to £84,829,000. Within the DEL change, the impact on resources and capital are as set out in the following table:
|Resource DEL of which:||2,541||-||83,156||2,653||85,809|
|*The total of 'Administration budget' and 'Near-cash in Resource DEL' figures may well be greater than total resource DEL, due to the definitions overlapping.|
|**Capital/ DEL includes items treated as resource in Estimates and accounts but which are treated as Capital DEL in budgets.|
|***Depreciation, which forms part of resource DEL, is excluded from total DEL since capital DEL includes capital spending and to include depreciation of those assets would lead to double counting.|
The change in the resource element of the DEL arises from the take up of £1,427,000 end of year flexibility to meet costs associated with efficiency initiatives and the timing of VAT payments and also a transfer of £1,114,000 from Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, to allow the Forestry Commission to administer the Farm Woodland Premium scheme. There is also increased expenditure for community woodlands of £800,000, offset by income received from Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.
The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Barry Gardiner): Subject to parliamentary approval of any necessary Supplementary Estimate, the Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs DEL will be increased by £12,368,000 from £3,484,561,000 to £3,496,929,000 and the administration budget will be increased by £294,000 from £285,164,000 to £285,458,000. Within the DEL change, the impact on resources and capital are as set out in the following table:
|Voted||Non- voted||Voted||Non- voted||Total|
|*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 change in the resource element of the DEL arises from (i) transfer of responsibility for the Wine Standards Board to the Food Standards Agency, £415,000; (ii) a switch of £99,000,000 from programme resources to capital; (iii) a transfer to the Scottish Executive of £384,000 of programme resources for the bio-energy infrastructure scheme; (iv) a transfer to the Department for Constitutional Affairs of £170,000 of programme resources for the Cleaner Neighbourhoods and Environment Act 2005; (v) transfers to the Department for Communities and Local Government of £7,051,000 of programme resources for Government Offices funding; (vi) a transfer to the Department of Trade and Industry of £4,750,000 of programme resources for Energy Demand Reduction trials; (vii) a transfer to the Forestry Commission of £1,114,000 of programme resources for the Farm Woodland Premium Scheme; (viii) a transfer from the Cabinet Office of £294,000 for Parliamentary Counsel costs; (ix) take up of £250,000 of programme resources from HM Treasury for the StartHere initiative; (x) take up of £482,000 of programme resources from HM Treasury for Invest to Save Budget projects.
The change in the capital element of the DEL arises from (i) take up of £25,071,000 of capital through End Year Flexibility; (ii) a switch of £99,000,000 from programme resources to capital; (iii) take up of £155,000 of capital from HM Treasury for Invest to Save Budget projects.
The Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (David Miliband): Last week I attended the 12th meeting of the Parties (COP12) to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), in Nairobi.
It was clear from the discussions that the science of climate change is now overwhelmingly accepted. Sir Nicholas Stern, who was in Nairobi to present the findings of his review of the economics of climate change, has made a historic dent in the economic argument that the world cannot afford to reduce its emissions. The findings of the Stern review show that climate change, not action to tackle it, is the threat to growth.
The conference therefore faced three tests. Firstly, to help developing countries, particularly in Africa, adapt to the consequences of climate change. The conference made good progress, reaching agreement on a five-year programme (the Nairobi Work Plan) which will help developing countries consider the impacts of climate change, their vulnerability, and how they can best adapt. Agreement was also reached on the principles of the Adaptation Fund which will finance concrete projects to help the most vulnerable countries adapt. The UK has committed to playing a full role in this work, and has so far committed over £40 million to help build developing countries' understanding of how climate change will affect them and to improve integration of climate risks within development plans. The UN Secretary-General, who addressed the opening of the ministerial section of the conference, also committed the UN to work for carbon-proofing of aid programmes which the UK is determined to support.
Second, achieving real change in the decisions of the public and private sectors, and better joint-working, to drive investment in low-carbon technology. The UN Secretary-General announced an important initiative to help developing countriesespecially those in Africato participate in the Kyoto Protocols Clean Development Mechanism (COM), by promoting greater coherence between the UN, bilateral and multilateral agencies. The UK supports the COM as a vital symbol of global commitment, and UK companies are now the largest investors in COM projects. We will play our part by linking London-based carbon market experts with those developing projects in Africa, and call on business to work with us to deliver early investment on the ground.
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