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Departments: Finance

Volume 457: debated on Thursday 8 March 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what change there was in (a) value and (b) percentage in the capital budgets of each of his Department’s executive agencies following his Department’s budget review in 2006, as referred to in the answer of 24 October 2006, Official Report, columns 1723-24W, on Executive Agencies. (122031)

Information about changes in (a) value and (b) percentage in the capital budgets of each of DEFRA’s executive agencies for 2006-07 following the budget review in 2006 is set out in the following table. As part of this review, RPA’s capital budget was increased by £19.2 million to provide for additional investment in improving the Agency’s payment systems and £3 million was transferred from the resource to the capital budget of the State Veterinary Service, to provide for the Agency's Business Reform programme. The capital budgets of DEFRA's other Executive Agencies remain unchanged as the result of the budget review in 2006.

DEFRA's Executive Agencies

Capital budget allocation (before the 2006 budget review) (£ million)

Capital budget allocation (after the 2006 budget review) (£ million)

Percentage change

Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science (CEFAS)

1.600

1.600

0

Central Science Laboratory (CSL)

1.500

1.500

0

Pesticides Safety Directorate (PSD)

0.200

0.200

0

Rural Payments Agency (RPA)

4.700

23.900

+409

State Veterinary Service (SVS

7.300

10.300

+41

Veterinary Laboratories Agency (VLA)

22.800

22.800

0

Veterinary Medicines Directorate (VMD)

0.300

0.300

0

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) what correspondence his Department has received on the budget reallocation for each of its executive agencies referred to in the answer of 24 October 2006, Official Report, columns 1723-24W, on executive agencies; and if he will make a statement; (122092)

(2) how many items of correspondence his Department has received on the budget reallocation of its executive agencies as referred to in the Answer of 24 October 2006, Official Report, columns 1723-24W, on executive agencies, broken down by agency.

We have received a number of items of correspondence about the impact on specific agencies. Some were seeking further information about the changes, others highlighting concerns about the impact on specific bodies and their work or on their customers. These included a freedom of information request about the impact on Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science (CEFAS).

The number of items of correspondence for each of the nine executive agencies is as follows:

Executive Agency

Items of correspondence

CEFAS

1

Central Science Laboratory

0

Government Decontamination Service

0

Marine Fisheries Agency

0

Pesticides Safety Directorate

0

Rural Payments Agency

2

State Veterinary Service

3

Veterinary Laboratories Agency

0

Veterinary Medicines Directorate

1

General (across all nine agencies)

1