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Departmental Responsibilities

Environment Food and Rural Affairs written question – answered on 14th February 2013.

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Photo of Priti Patel Priti Patel Conservative, Witham

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what his Department's core statutory obligations are; and what estimate he has of the annual cost of delivering each such obligation.

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

The overall annual public expenditure resulting from obligations under the Department's regulations (including costs to regulators and other public agencies) was estimated at around £0.2 billion (2011 prices) in the report “The Costs and Benefits of DEFRA's Regulatory Stock: Emerging Findings from DEFRA's Regulatory Stock Assessment” in August 2011.

This report is available at:

http://www.defra.gov.uk/publications/files/pb13623-costs-benefits-defra-regulatory-stock110816.pdf

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