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Natural England

Volume 450: debated on Wednesday 11 October 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs pursuant to the answer of 13 September 2006, Official Report, column 2259W, on Natural England, what the (a) original and (b) revised 2006-07 budget agreed for Natural England was; and what plans he has for the 2007-08 budget. (91786)

Natural England inherited its budget for 2006-07 from English Nature, the Rural Development Service and parts of the Countryside Agency, which came together to create the new organisation. It is therefore not strictly possible to make the comparison the hon. Member is looking for.

I cannot confirm Natural England's 2007-08 budget yet. In common with other non-departmental public bodies, they are preparing their corporate plan for discussion through the autumn.