Public Expenditure

Environment Food and Rural Affairs written question – answered on 3rd July 2012.

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Photo of Jeremy Lefroy Jeremy Lefroy Conservative, Stafford

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will publish a statement of her Department's expenditure in each of the last 36 months; and what steps her Department is taking to avoid an annual underspend.

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

holding answer 14 June 2012

DEFRA's Annual Report and Accounts set out the Department's annual expenditure. The 2010-11 Annual Report and Accounts are available on the Department's website. These can be accessed using the following link. Expenditure for 2009-10 and 2010-11 is shown in the Consolidated Statement of Comprehensive Net Expenditure on page 70:

http://www.defra.gov.uk/publications/2011/07/26/annual-report-accounts-2010-11/

The Annual Report and Accounts for 2011-12 are due to be published in July 2012.

DEFRA has been improving its financial management and forecasting systems over recent years, enabling it to manage its finances more effectively. The Department regularly monitors and reports its spend in-year to identify potential over and under-spending including a detailed process to challenge quarterly forecast outturns. If an under-spend is identified then funds are re-prioritised and allocated to alternative areas ensuring value for money.

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