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13 February 2013

Supplementary Estimates 2012-13

The Supplementary Estimates, presented to the House of Commons today as HC894, seek parliamentary authority for voted expenditure by Government departments for 2012-13. The Estimates seek parliamentary authority for resources, capital and cash, both for existing services and for any necessary new services.

It is expected that these Estimates will not involve any overall change in the elements of Departmental Expenditure Limits (DEL) which impact on public sector net borrowing or public sector net debt. Any DEL increases sought have either been offset by savings elsewhere in departmental spending programmes or charged to the DEL Reserve.

Changes to Annually Managed Expenditure (AME) are consistent with the Office for Budget Responsibility (OBR) December 2012 Economic and fiscal outlook. Changes to AME in Estimates do not imply an equivalent change in the fiscal forecast for the year.

Within the overall increase (both voted and non-voted) there are:

Notes for Editors

1. The Supplementary Estimates 2012-13 can be found on the HM Treasury website.

2. Supply Estimates are the means by which the Government seeks funds from Parliament and parliamentary authority for departmental expenditure each year. The Supplementary Estimates present the final opportunity for departments to seek changes in parliamentary authority for spending for this financial year. Supplementary Estimates increase or decrease voted provision. Non-cash budgetary items (e.g. impairments and provisions) have no immediate impact on public sector borrowing or public sector net debt.

3. Changes to AME in Estimates do not imply an equivalent change in the fiscal forecast for the year. The figures show increases or decreases since the last Estimates round. The OBR will publish changes to the forecast, including estimates for AME in 2012-13, in its Budget 2013 forecast.

4. The DEL Reserve is set aside within the Government’s spending plans as a contingency against higher borrowing. Therefore, only DEL Reserve claims which impact on the public finances are charged against the published DEL Reserve.

5. The Budget Exchange (BX) system allows departments to give up unspent DEL and move it into the following two years 2013-14 and 2014-15.

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