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Biodiversity

Environment Food and Rural Affairs written question – answered on 18th July 2013.

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Photo of Andrew Rosindell Andrew Rosindell Conservative, Romford

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

(1) how much his Department spent on biodiversity conservation in (a) England and (b) UK Overseas Territories in 2012-13;

(2) how much his Department spent on biodiversity conservation in (a) England and (b) the British Overseas Territories in 2012-13.

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

Details of DEFRA spend on biodiversity conservation in England in 2012-13 are provided in the following table. These figures represent DEFRA programme spend and spend by the wider DEFRA network but do not include staff costs. They also include total agri-environment scheme expenditure and the DEFRA biodiversity research programme, of which a major share is judged to be spent on biodiversity in England.

Estimated public expenditure by DEFRA network organisations on biodiversity conservation in England
Area of spend Amount (£ million)
DEFRA: Agri-environment schemes(1) 405.3
   
Other DEFRA expenditure:  
Biodiversity Programme(2) 1.9
Biodiversity Evidence and Research(1) 7.0
   
Environment Agency 21.4
Forestry Commission 23.3
Natural England 26.5
Joint Nature Conservation Committee 3.3
DEFRA network total(3) 488.7
(1) Total scheme and research expenditure, consisting largely of work related to biodiversity in England. (2) Due to re-structuring of the budgets, the expenditure figure for the Biodiversity Programme is not directly comparable with estimates from previous years. (3) Totals may not add due to rounding. Note: Figures are provisional estimates pending finalisation of accounts.

Natural England spend in previous years included the general grant to areas of outstanding natural beauty (AONBs), which is no longer reported in these estimates. However, both AONBs and national parks continue to spend part of their DEFRA funding on biodiversity conservation.

DEFRA spend on biodiversity conservation in the British Overseas Territories in 2012-13 is estimated to be £1,562,054. This includes commitments under the Darwin initiative and support for projects to address invasive non-native species. It also includes spend by the Joint Nature Conservation Committee. It does not include spend by others, for example, the Governments of the Overseas Territories themselves, which are principally responsible for biodiversity conservation in their territories.

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