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24 November 2009

Vote on Account 2010-11

A Vote on Account for £217,908 million resources and £218,765 million cash for central government was presented to the House of Commons today as HC 33.

The purpose of the Vote on Account is to provide funds for spending on existing services during the period from the start of the new financial year on 1 April until Parliament has approved the 2010-11 Main Estimates, which will be given legislative force in the summer Appropriation Act (usually passed in mid July).

In addition, there are separate Votes on Account for the following independent entities:

The amount sought in a Vote on Account is generally based on a standard proportion (45 per cent) of the amount voted so far for the corresponding services in the current financial year.

Notes for editors

1. VOA is an annual event, normally published alongside the winter Supplementary Estimates.

2. It provides enough money, based on the previous year’s spending, to keep departments going in the first part of the next financial year until such time as Parliament votes the Main Estimates 2010-11 shortly after the Budget.

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