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Environment Agency: Finance

Volume 480: debated on Thursday 16 October 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what funding has been provided to the Environment Agency by Yorkshire Forward in each of the last five years; and what the purposes of the funding were. (223791)

The following payments have been made by Yorkshire Forward to the Environment Agency for the last five years (April 2003 to March 2008). Payments greater than £10,000 have been itemised.

Payment (£)

Purpose

2003-04

14,691.04

Other (seven invoices)

2004-05

6,722.20

Other (six invoices)

2005-06

2,711,575.77

Comprising:

2,680,000.00

One-off grant to fund capital works comprising part of the Humber Estuary Shoreline Management Plan.

15,000.00

Grant to fund an Opportunity Plan conducted by Scott Wilson and commissioned by the Strategic Partnership for the River Ouse and its tributaries, to identify potential locations for environmental enhancement projects, focusing on regeneration of urban waterfronts, better access to leisure activities, land management to increase wildlife, renewable energy through alternative fuel crops, and improve awareness and knowledge of river systems, (see £10,000 additional payment in 2006-07).

12,728.77

Data evidence and modelling techniques—SCPnet

3,847.00

Other (two invoices)

2006-07

23,511.73

Comprising:

10,000.00

Grant re Ouse Enhancement Opportunity Plan (£15,000 first payment in 2005-06).

13,511.73

Other (seven invoices)

2007-08

19,146.85

Comprising:

18,003.35

Data evidence and modelling techniques—SCPnet

1,143.50

Other (one invoice)

SCPnet was developed during the 2005-06 financial in order to provide a facility for the RDAs nationally to call on research data in order to inform debate and preparation of strategies for the regions. The process involved the ‘appointment’ of a champion to operate as co-ordinator for the project. Data collection, collation and presentation, continue with updates for this data source and to organise RDA lead meetings to steer the process for that year and future periods. The system also incorporates (through observatories), the collation of data and development of modelling tools to inform policy development. There are elements of support costs for meetings travel and subsistence and training on the REEIO and REAP models.

The process has been approved for continuation to date with annual contributions by each of the RDAs.