The information requested is as follows:
2007-08: Current year extrapolation circa £22 million;
2006-07: £20 million;
2005-06: £15 million;
2004-05: £14 million;
2003-04: Figures not currently available.
Although not tracked in detail until recent years, Estates have continued to deliver efficiencies and savings as part of the management of their core contracts. The realisation of savings in excess of the 5 per cent. against baselines has been a standard minimum year-on-year budget target resulting from comprehensive spending reviews (CSR).
Past savings/efficiencies have been masked by the moving size and shape of the Department and its accommodation requirement.
In 2006-07 DEFRA Estates undertook a contract realignment exercise which recorded a VFM saving with OGC of £1 million. Contract reconciliations are still in progress for the 2007-08 year, savings of £100,000 have already been identified.
All figures based on previous (DEFRA Estates Division) FM contracts which cover service provision for the core department only delivered by three main regional contracts. It should be noted in earlier years that there was some degree of localised provision and therefore not included in the contract sum totals shown.
Wider DEFRA network bodies (agencies and NDPB) have their own budgeting, finance and procurement governance. Costs attributable to these organisations are not visible to DEFRA Estates.