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Natural England

Volume 451: debated on Monday 30 October 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much of the financial savings targeted by the establishment of Natural England have been realised; what the estimate is of the total savings to be realised from its establishment; and what the original estimate was. (94518)

The establishment of Natural England delivered £0.8 million of efficiencies in 2005-06, and is currently expected to deliver £3 million of efficiencies in 2006-07 (in line with original estimates). The Modernising Rural Delivery programme as a whole, of which the establishment of Natural England is a significant part, was originally expected to deliver (and is still on target to deliver) annual efficiencies of £21 million by 2009-10. Natural England is expected to deliver efficiencies of £6.5 million by 2007-08. Latest estimates are that in 2009-10 approximately £13.5 million of efficiencies will result from the establishment of Natural England, and from its decision to outsource its corporate service functions to DEFRA’s Shared Service Organisation.