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19 April 2012

Central Government Main Supply Estimates 2012-13

The Main Supply Estimates for central government departments, presented to the House of Commons today, seek Parliamentary authority for expenditure in 2012-13.

Estimates seek Parliamentary authority for the voted element of spending plans set out in Spending Review 2010 and updated in Budget 2012.

Estimates are presented on a budgetary basis, the means by which the Treasury monitors and controls departmental spending. They include non-cash items such as depreciation, which are excluded from the main spending total used to present departments’ resource settlements, agreed at Spending Review 2010 and updated in Budget 2012.

A summary of the key figures in the Main Supply Estimates presented today is set out below. Excluding independent bodies’ Estimates not published today, Resource DEL less depreciation as shown below is the same as published at Budget 2012.


Total Main Estimates presented on 19 April

Of which: voted

Resource DEL



Of which: Non ring-fenced DEL

                administration budgets





Capital DEL



Resource AME



Capital AME





Net Cash Requirement


Notes for Editors

  1. The Main Supply Estimates 2012-13 for central government can be found on the HM Treasury website.  Separate Supply Estimates are presented for the independent parliamentary bodies.  Supply Estimates are the means by which the Government seeks from Parliament funds and Parliamentary authority for departmental expenditure each year.

    Main Supply Estimates present the first opportunity for Parliamentary authority for spending for this financial year. There will be one further Estimates round in Spring 2013, which will be the last opportunity to revise the plans set out in these Main Estimates for this financial year.
  2. Independent Bodies: The National Audit Office (NAO) and House of Commons: Administration will publish their Main Estimates separately today and the numbers are included in the table above. The Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority (IPSA), the Electoral Commission and the Local Government Boundary Commission for England will be publishing their Estimates at a later date.
  3. Estimates seek Parliamentary authority for voted resources, capital and cash both for existing services and for any necessary new services. They include non-cash items such as depreciation (the allocation of the cost of consumption of an asset over its useful economic life). Along with other non-cash items, depreciation is excluded from the resource budgets announced in the Spending Review settlements as it has no direct impact on public sector borrowing or public sector net debt.
  4. Some spending in budgets (such as Consolidated Fund Standing Services and payments from the National Insurance Fund) is not voted in the Estimates, as it is covered by specific legislation and therefore does not require additional Parliamentary approval. Similarly, the spending of Devolved Administrations is also included in the budgetary numbers as non-voted, as this is subject to separate approval. However, Parliament votes the grants to the devolved administrations, which score as non-budget in Estimates.
  5. Reserve funding, as set out at Spending Review 2010, is not shown in departmental budgets or Estimates until it is allocated. Future drawing on the Reserve will be included in the individual departmental Supplementary Estimates presented towards the end of the financial year.
  6. Annually Managed Expenditure (AME) is also shown in the Estimates. Forecasts of AME spending are conducted by the Office of Budget Responsibility (OBR). Their latest forecast accompanied Budget 2012.

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