Departmental NDPBs

Environment Food and Rural Affairs written question – answered on 22nd July 2010.

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Photo of Hilary Benn Hilary Benn Shadow Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the (a) date of establishment, (b) number of staff employed and (c) annual budget is of each of her Department's agencies and non-departmental public bodies.

Photo of Richard Benyon Richard Benyon The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

The information requested is set out in the tables. The following should be considered alongside this:

(a) the date of establishment reflects the year each body was established.

(b) the number of staff employed reflects full-time equivalents and the latest information available. Where the number of staff employed is shown as zero, this reflects the fact that many smaller NDPBs utilise a minimal secretariat function provided by staff employed within the core Department.

(c) the annual budget is the sum of the current admin, programme and capital allocations for each body for 2010-11 (£ million).

Executive agencies
(a) Date of establishment (b) Number of staff employed (c) 2010-11 annual budget (£ million)
Animal Health 2007 1,565 131.5
CEFAS(1) 1997 491 5.9
Fera(1) 2009 835 2.5
RPA 2001 3,700 192.1
VLA(1) 1995 1210 6.8
VMD(1) 1990 152.5 0.3
(1) CEFAS, Fera, the VLA and the VMD are net control agencies, i.e. they net off receipts against gross running costs. The budget figures shown thus represent capital funding only.
Executive NDPBs
(a) Date of establishment (b) Number of staff employed (c) 2010-11 annual budget (£ million)
Agricultural and Horticultural Development Board(2) 2008 0 0.0
Agricultural Wages Board for England and Wales 1948 0 0.0
Agricultural Wages Committees (x15) 1948 0 0.0
Commission for Rural Communities 2006 74 5.8
Consumer Council for Water 2005 88 5.2
Environment Agency 1996 13,181 1245.8
Gangmasters Licensing Authority (Licensing) 2005 93 1.5
Gangmasters Licensing Authority (Enforcement) 2005 0 2.7
Joint Nature Conservation Committee(3) 1990 134 1.8
Marine Management Organisation 2010 258 32.4
National Forest Company 1995 18 3.4
Natural England(4) 2006 2,413 205.0
Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew 1983 800 27.1
Sea Fish Industry Authority(2) 1981 95 0.0
Sustainable Development Commission 2009 45 2.5
(2) Levy-funded body: income from the levy covers expenditure on running costs.

(3) 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%) funded through Natural England; Scottish Executive (29%) funded through Scottish Natural Heritage; Welsh Assembly Government (14.5%) funded through the Countryside Council for Wales; and DOE Northern Ireland (7.25%). Further funding in 2010-11 will come from the Defray Marine Programme for the establishment and monitoring of marine protected areas/marine conservation zones and broader marine biodiversity monitoring needs.

(4) Excludes Rural Development Programme for England funding; the contribution which NE makes to JNCC; and its income from activities and certain other sources (e.g. rents).

Advisory NDPBs
(a) Date of establishment (b) Number of staff employed (c) 2010-11 annual budget (£ million)
Advisory Committee on Hazardous Substances 1991 0 0.0
Advisory Committee on Organic Standards 2003 0 0.0
Advisory Committee on Packaging 1996 0 0.0
Advisory Committee on Pesticides 1985 0 0.0
Advisory Committee on Releases to the Environment 1990 0 0.0
Agricultural Dwelling House Advisory Committees (x 16) 1976 0 0.0
Air Quality Expert Group 2002 0.5 0.1
Bovine TB Eradication Group for England 2009 0 0.0
Darwin Advisory Committee 1993 0 0.0
Farm Animal Welfare Council 1979 0 0.0
Independent Agricultural Appeals Panel 2002 0 0.0
Inland Waterways Advisory Council 2007 2 0.2
National Standing Committee on Farm Animal Genetic Resources 2008 0 0.0
Pesticides Residue Committee 2000 0 0.0
Royal Commission on Environmental Pollution 1970 10 1.0
Science Advisory Council 2004 2.8 0.3
Spongiform Encephalopathy Advisory Committee 1990 0 0.1
Sustainable Access to Inshore Fisheries Advisory Group 2009 0 0.0
Veterinary Products Committee 1970 0 0.0
Veterinary Residues Committee 2001 0 0.0
Zoos Forum 1999 0 0.0
Tribunal NDPB
(a) Date of establishment (b) Number of staff employed (c) 2010-11 annual budget (£ million)
Agricultural Land Tribunals 1947 0 0.0

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