The main supply estimates have been presented to the House of Commons today (9 May 2019). The government seeks parliamentary authority for central government departmental expenditure for 2019 to 2020, and for the voted element of spending plans originally set out in Spending Review 2015 and updated at subsequent fiscal events.
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 totals used to present departments’ resource settlements.
Alongside the main supply estimates, HM Treasury has released updated versions of the departmental budget tables last published in the Budget 2018 document. These present resource and capital Departmental Expenditure Limits (RDEL and CDEL) for 2019 to 2020, consistent with the main supply estimates. Figures for RDEL excluding depreciation, the Treasury’s primary control total within resource budgets, have also been included.