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Departmental Standards

Volume 476: debated on Monday 2 June 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what projects sponsored by his Department were subject to Gateway reviews in each of the last four years; what status each project was assigned under such reviews; how much his Department spent on Gateway reviews in each such year; and if he will make a statement. (205868)

[holding answer 15 May 2008]: DEFRA have had 71 high and medium risk and 18 low risk reviews in the period 1 May 2004 to 1 May 2008. Gateway reports, including the findings and status, are conducted on a confidential basis for senior responsible owners (SROs). We do not, therefore, make this information routinely public.

A key principle of Gateway reviews is that they are cost neutral. However, where there is a shortfall in civil service Gateway reviewers, suitably accredited external resources may be provided by the Office of Government Commerce at a charge. While the Department is unable to identify the individual costs for each review undertaken, as this information is not specifically recorded, DEFRA is currently in credit with OGC for its review days by a factor of £8,600 for the 2007-08 period.