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Departmental Public Expenditure

Volume 497: debated on Tuesday 13 October 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much funding each of his Department's (a) Executive agencies and (b) sponsored bodies received in the last five years; and how much each will receive in the (i) 2009-10 and (ii) 2010-11 financial years. (289681)

The figures in the following tables reflect the actual administration, programme and capital expenditure for the period 2004-05 to 2008-09; and planned administration, programme and capital budgets for 2009-10 and 2010-11 by each of the Department's (a) Executive agencies and (b) sponsored bodies:

(a) Executive Agencies

£ million

Actual

Budget

2004-05

2005-06

2006-07

2007-08

2008-09

2009-10

2010-11

Animal Health

91.0

98.8

109.2

134.7

126.7

112.4

Marine Fisheries Agency

21.5

25.1

24.7

27.9

23.5

22.8

Rural Payments Agency (operational costs)

239.1

227.8

242.2

244.5

230.7

202.3

179.0

DEFRA's other Executive Agencies—the Food and Environment Research Agency (FERA), the Veterinary Laboratories Agency (VLA), the Veterinary Medicines Directorate (VMD) and the Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science (CEFAS)—recover their full economic costs through charges made to customers for services provided.

(b) Key sponsored bodies

£ million

Actual

Budget

2004-05

2005-06

2006-07

2007-08

2008-09

2009-10

2010-11

British Waterways Board1

59.7

66.2

56.0

57.4

62.7

58.3

48.6

Commission for Rural Communities

5.1

7.4

6.3

6.4

6.1

Environment Agency2

498.5

573.1

554.5

599.6

715.7

762.6

799.9

Gangmasters Licensing Authority

3.2

2.6

3.1

3.1

4.3

4.0

Joint Nature Conservation Committee3

1.9

1.9

1.9

1.9

Keep Britain Tidy

5.7

5.5

5.1

5.1

5.0

5.0

4.8

National Forest Company

3.3

4.2

3.4

3.2

3.6

3.6

3.5

National Parks4

35.8

42.1

43.1

44.2

46.8

47.6

48.9

Natural Enoland5

194.6

181.0

223.7

213.5

168.2

Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew

24.9

25.5

25.2

25.2

26.6

28.5

25.5

Waste and Resources Action Programme6

45.7

68.2

57.9

58.8

42.6

56.6

51.9

1 £5 million of capital grant was brought forward from 2010-11 to 2009-10 for infrastructure projects under the Government's fiscal stimulus initiative.

2 Excludes the Agency's Closed Pension Fund. £20 million of capital grant was brought forward from 2010-11 to 2009-10 for flood risk management work as part of the Government's fiscal stimulus initiative.

3 Prior to 2007-08, DEFRA did not fund JNCC directly. DEFRA funding to JNCC was provided through English Nature and its successor body Natural England. Funding for JNCC was also provided by the devolved administrations through Scottish Natural Heritage and the Countryside Council for Wales and, from 2006-07, the Northern Ireland Department of Environment.

4 Covers funding for existing National Parks and the Broads Authority. Funding for the new South Downs National Park is excluded as there will not be an Authority until 2010-11 at the earliest and the grant has yet to be agreed.

5 Figures for NE represent DEFRA core funding plus annually agreed elements for cost neutral recharges for common services such as IT and HR support. The recharges for 2010-11 have yet to be finalised and are therefore not included in the 2010-11 budget figures.

6 Data for the years 2004-05 to 2008-09 is based on grant claimed by WRAP from DEFRA. Data for 2009-10 is based on DEFRA's grant offer to WRAP. Data for 2010-11 is based on DEFRA's indicative grant offer to WRAP. As a result of the implementation of the Delivery Landscape Review, data for 2009-10 and 2010-11 includes funding previously provided separately by DEFRA to Action Sustainability, Centre for Remanufacturing and Reuse, BREW Centre for local authorities, Envirowise, Construction Resources and Waste Platform and the National Industrial Symbiosis programme. Data for 2009-10 includes funding provided in Budget 2009 for capital expenditure on anaerobic digestion and in-vessel composting infrastructure.

Since 2007-08, the costs of funding JNCC have been shared by the four sponsoring administrations according to a funding formula whereby DEFRA alone funds the costs of JNCC's work on reserved matters such as marine work beyond territorial waters, overseas territories and international conventions. This element of the budget is set out in the table above. The remaining costs are shared by DEFRA (49.25 per cent.) funded through Natural England; Scottish Executive (29 per cent.) funded through Scottish Natural Heritage; Welsh Assembly Government (14.5 per cent.) funded through the Countryside Council for Wales; and DOE Northern Ireland (7.25 per cent.). The full GIA figures for JNCC, including contributions from the devolved administrations, are as follows

£ million

2004-05

5.9

2005-06

6.3

2006-07

6.8

2007-08

7.9

2008-09

7.8

2009-10

7.8

2010-11

In 2009-10, further funding (£1.5 million) has been made available from the DEFR Marine programme to JNCC for the establishment and monitoring of marine protected areas/marine conservation zones (MPAs/MCZs) and broader marine biodiversity monitoring needs.

Only the DEFRA funding for JNCC's work on reserved matters has so far been determined for 2010-11. The costs to be shared amongst the four sponsoring administrations and DEFRA marine funding have yet to be agreed.

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs which Minister in his Department has been assigned responsibility for overseeing the delivery of value for money in his Department; whether his Department has established a public sector reform team to implement service reforms; and if he will make a statement. (289741)

The Secretary of State is responsible for overseeing the delivery of value for money within the Department.

The Department is committed to reforming public services to improve services for the citizen, and various teams are working closely with colleagues in the centre of Government on this important agenda.