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Farm and Wildlife Advisory Groups

Volume 697: debated on Monday 17 December 2007

asked Her Majesty's Government:

In which counties in England the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs has links with farm and wildlife advisory groups (FWAGs); and what Government funds are made available to the FWAGs in each county. [HL818]

Within the network of public bodies sponsored by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, Natural England has most links with FWAG. Natural England has a working relationship with FWAG in all counties in England.

The two main sources of funding provided by Natural England to FWAG are by grant made available under the conservation advice programme, and by contracts won through competitive tendering under the England catchment sensitive farming delivery initiative (ECSFD) and farm demonstration programme. The value of these contracts is commercially confidential. In addition, Natural England has entered into a number of secondment contracts with FWAGs.

Other government bodies may enter into contracts with FWAGs, and they are eligible to apply for grants from public sector funds such as the landfill communities fund and the aggregates levy sustainability fund.

The value of the grant provided by Natural England to FWAG this current financial year is £357,447 (excluding VAT). This was allocated to government office regions as follows:

Region

Allocation (£)

North-East

27,635.74

North-West

41,453.62

Yorkshire and Humberside

41,453.62

East Midlands

41,453.62

West Midlands

41,453.62

Eastern

41,453.62

South-East

41,453.62

South-West

69,089.36

National printing costs

12,000.00

Total

357,447

The grant is not broken down by county.