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Departmental Public Expenditure

Volume 479: debated on Monday 1 September 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much was spent on (a) new furnishings, (b) art and (c) new vehicles by his Department in each of the last three years. (213525)

The information requested is given in the following table.

£

Financial year

Furniture expenditure

Art expenditure

2007-08

140,268.65

2006-07

90,347.49

2005-06

1,114,962.40

11,591.28

It is the policy of DEFRA, its agencies, non-departmental public bodies and, where appropriate, its sponsored organisations to make financial redress in accordance with the guidance set out in Chapter 4.12, Annex 4.14 of HM Treasury's publication ‘Managing Public Money’.

The capital expenditure on vehicles, as disclosed in DEFRA's Resource Accounts, for the last three financial years, is as follows:

Core DepartmentVehicle Capital Expenditure (£000)

2005-06

770

2006-07

674

2007-08

97

As indicated, the expenditure is for vehicles purchased by the Core Department only. Information for DEFRA's Agencies and NDPBs is not held centrally by the Department, and could be provided only at disproportionate cost.