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Departmental Expenditure

Volume 451: debated on Monday 30 October 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether the budget of (a) the Department and (b) any associated non-departmental public body within his responsibility has been changed in the last six months. (96069)

The Department's budget for 2006-07 has not been changed in the last six months. Budgets have been changed for a number of associated non-departmental public bodies within the last six months.

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment he has made of spending by his Department against budget in the 2006-07 financial year. (96328)

A detailed finance report is reviewed monthly by the Department's Management Board (including non-executive directors) and all Ministers. This report compares spend to budget for all major programmes and addresses the forecast out-turn for the year, comparing to parliamentary and Treasury control totals. Actions are taken as appropriate following this review process.

Further specific analysis is prepared from across the Department to support decision-making as required.