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Defra: Budget

Volume 686: debated on Tuesday 7 November 2006

asked Her Majesty's Government:

How the Statement by the Lord Rooker on30 October (HL Deb. col. 9) that there has been no £3 million cut to the State Veterinary Service (SVS) this year can be reconciled with the Written Answer by the Parliamentary Secretary for Biodiversity, Landscape and Rural Affairs, Barry Gardiner, on 24 October (HC Deb. cols. 1723–24) that the resource budget for 2006–07 for the SVS will be subject to a £3 million reduction. [HL8095]

The Written Answer by the Parliamentary Secretary for Biodiversity, Landscape and Rural Affairs, Barry Gardiner, on 24 October referred to a £3 million resource reduction. This is consistent with my reply on 30 October that there had been a switch of funding to increase the capital budget by £3 million from the resource budget.