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Executive Agencies

Volume 450: debated on Tuesday 24 October 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs by what (a) percentage and (b) total amount his Department has required that the (i) Agricultural Wages Board for England and Wales, (ii) Agricultural Wages Committee (England), (iii) British Potato Council, (iv) British Waterways, (v) British Wool Marketing Board, (vi) Broads Authority, (vii) Central Science Laboratory, (viii) Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science, (ix) Consumer Council for Water, (x) Countryside Agency, (xi) Covent Garden Market Authority, (xii) Natural England, (xiii) Environment Agency, (xiv) Food for Britain, (xv) Gangmasters Licensing Authority, (xvi) Government Decontamination Service, (xvii) Home-Grown Cereals Authority, (xviii) Horticultural Development Council, (xix) Marine Fisheries Agency, (xx) Meat and Livestock Commission, (xxi) Milk Development Council, (xxii) National Forest Company, (xxiii) Pesticides Safety Directorate, (xxiv) Regional Flood Defence Committees, (xxv) Review of Funding Mechanisms for Flood and Coastal Defence, (xxvi) Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, (xxvii) Rural Payments Agency, (xxviii) Sea Fish Industry Authority, (xxix) State Veterinary Service, (xxx) Sustainable Development Commission, (xxxi) UK Biodiversity Group, (xxxii) Veterinary Laboratories Agency and (xxxiii) Veterinary Medicines Directorate reduce its budget for 2006-07 from the level planned at the beginning of the financial year; and if he will make a statement. (94753)

As a result of the recent review, the following changes (in value and percentage) from the levels planned at the beginning of the year have been made to the resource budgets for 2006-07 of the bodies listed:

(i) Agricultural Wages Board for England and Wales—£Nil

(ii) Agricultural Wages Committee (England)—£Nil

(iii) British Potato Council—£Nil

(iv) British Waterways—£3.934 million (7 per cent.) reduction

(v) British Wool Marketing Board—Nil

(vi) Broads Authority—£Nil

(vii) Central Science Laboratory—£Nil

(viii) Centre for Environment Fisheries and Aquaculture Science—£900,000 (3 per cent.) reduction

(ix) Consumer Council for Water—£Nil

(x) Countryside Agency—include within Natural England (xii) as follows

(xi) Covent Garden Market Authority—£Nil

(xii) Natural England—£12.9 million (7 per cent.) reduction

(xiii) Environment Agency—£23.7 million (5 per cent.) reduction

(xiv) Food From Britain—£403,000 (8 per cent.) reduction

(xv) Gangmasters Licensing Authority—£Nil

(xvi) Government Decontamination Service—£Nil

(xvii) Home-Grown Cereals Authority—£Nil

(xviii) Horticultural Development Council—£Nil

(xix) Marine Fisheries Agency—£1.722 million (6 per cent.) reduction

(xx) Meat and Livestock Commission—£15,000 (4 per cent.) reduction

(xxi) Milk Development Council—£Nil

(xxii) National Forest Company—£300,000 (8 per cent.) reduction

(xxiii) Pesticides Safety Directorate—£839,000 (7 per cent.) reduction

(xxiv) Regional Flood Defence Committees—£Nil

(xxv) Review of Funding Mechanisms for Flood and Coastal Defence—£Nil

(xxvi) Royal Botanic Gardens Kew—£600,000 (3 per cent.) reduction

(xxvii) Rural Payments Agency—£23.0 million (11 per cent.) increase

(xxviii) Sea Fish Industry Authority—£Nil

(xxix) State Veterinary Service—£3.0 million (3 per cent.) reduction

(xxx) Sustainable Development Commission—£Nil

(xxxi) UK Biodiversity Group—£Nil

(xxxii) Veterinary Laboratories Agency—£2.4 million (3 per cent.) reduction

(xxxiii) Veterinary Medicines Directorate—£283,000 (7 per cent.) reduction