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Natural England

Volume 450: debated on Monday 23 October 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when the system will be in place in Natural England to transfer the responsibility for the signing off of spending from the chief executive; and to whom the responsibility will be transferred. (94072)

[holding answer 18 October 2006]: The Natural England Skeleton Board agreed a scheme of delegation, both financial and non-financial, between the board and the chief executive at its meeting on 13 September. Financial delegations from the chief executive to the rest of the organisation have been put in place for vesting on 1 October and are now operational. The detail of certain non-financial delegations are still being developed but will be agreed shortly.