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Natural England: Rural Payments Agency

Volume 470: debated on Wednesday 23 January 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment he has made of the potential to transfer some of Natural England’s scheme payment functions and staff to the Rural Payments Agency. (177625)

We have not made any detailed assessment of the potential for transferring functions or staff from Natural England to the Rural Payments Agency, or “vice versa”. However, I am aware that Natural England’s Board recently decided to explore this issue and I have told them that I shall be interested to hear their conclusions.