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Agency Budgets

Volume 451: debated on Monday 30 October 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the (a) original and (b) revised budget for 2006-07 are for (i) British Waterways, (ii) the Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science, (iii) Natural England, (iv) Food from Britain, (v) the Independent Scientific Group on Cattle TB, (vi) the Marine Fisheries Agency, (vii) the Pesticides Safety Directorate, (viii) the Rural Payments Agency, (ix) the State Veterinary Service and (x) the Veterinary Laboratories Agency; and what the planned budget for 2007-08 is in each case. (96147)

[holding answer 23 October 2006]: The (a) original and (b) revised resource budgets for 2006-07 for the named bodies were as follows:

(i) British Waterways—£52.461 million to £48.527 million

(ii) Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science—£33.3 million to £32.4 million

(iii) Natural England—£207.751 million to £193.551 million

(iv) Food from Britain—£5.358 million to £4.965 million

(v) Independent Scientific Group on Cattle TB—No change at £230,000

(vi) Marine Fisheries Agency—£31.233 million to £29.511 million

(vii) Pesticides Safety Directorate—£11.2 million to £10.361 million

(viii) Rural Payments Agency—£214.031 million to £237.031 million

(ix) State Veterinary Service—£91.347 million to £88.347 million

(x) Veterinary Laboratories Agency—£94.769 million to £92.419 million.

No changes have been made to the original capital budgets for 2006-07 for these bodies other than an increase for the (viii) Rural Payments Agency—£4.99 million to £27.99 million.

Planned budgets for 2007-08 are still being discussed with the relevant bodies.

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when Stearthill Farms Ltd. (RPA Ref: 108841927) will receive its single farm payment award. (96366)

[holding answer 23 October 2006]: The Rural Payments Agency (RPA) has confirmed that advance payments were made to this applicant on 10 May 2006 and 7 July 2006. A further payment is due following an award from the National Reserve. The RPA is unable to give a date for the payment but this will be as soon as it is possible.