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Departmental Public Expenditure

Volume 485: debated on Tuesday 16 December 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change with reference to the answer of 25 November 2008, Official Report, column 1464W, on energy and climate change, for what reason the budget for his Department will not be published before February 2009. (242740)

The Department for Energy and Climate Change (DECC) is currently engaged in discussions with the Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) and the Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform (BERR) to agree the finer detail of the policy areas and associated budgets to be transferred to DECC. Discussions are expected to conclude by the beginning of January 2009. A formal transfer of budgets will take place through the spring supplementary estimates in February.