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Meat Hygiene Service: Finance

Volume 475: debated on Thursday 1 May 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much public funding the Meat Hygiene Service has received in each of the last three years; and how much funding it is proposed to receive in 2008-09. (201172)

The actual net funding cost of the Meat Hygiene Service (MHS), after charges to industry and Government customers, for the last three financial years together with the provision for 2008-09 (before any exceptional restructuring costs) is listed as follows:

Net operating costs (£ million)

2005-06

31.6

2006-07

33.3

2007-08

42.0

2008-09

32.0

The increased MHS net operating cost in 2007-08 resulted from an MHS Transformation Programme that will implement service delivery changes for all MHS customers. This transformation is continuing into 2008-09 and will reduce future costs. During 2007-08, exceptional transformation costs of £10.8 million were incurred mainly relating to redundancy and redeployment costs. In addition to the projected net operating cost of £32 million in 2008-09, we expect further exceptional transformation costs of up to £8 million.