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Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Budget

Volume 687: debated on Monday 18 December 2006

asked Her Majesty's Government:

Further to the Statement by the Lord Rooker on 7 November (HL Deb, cols. 678–79), what accounting changes have resulted in a loss to the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs' budget of £65 million; whether these changes will continue to have an adverse effect; and how the £65 million can be accounted for. [HL655]

The accounting changes have not resulted in a loss to the department. Rather, these changes arose from clarification and application of Treasury consolidated budgeting guidance rules. This guidance set out constraints over movements between sub-control totals within departmental resource budgets. This heightened existing pressures on those programmes requiring cash expenditure.