Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Public Expenditure

Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs written question – answered on 12th June 2015.

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Photo of Maria Eagle Maria Eagle Shadow Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, with reference to the press release by HM Treasury of 4 June 2015, how much of the £83 million reduction in her Department's budget for 2015-16 will be accounted for by underspends; and if she will make a statement.

Photo of Maria Eagle Maria Eagle Shadow Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, with reference to the press release by HM Treasury of 4 June 2015, what efficiency savings will be made to meet planned reductions in her Department's budget; and how much of the overall reduction in her Department's Resource DEL budget will be accounted for by such savings.

Photo of Maria Eagle Maria Eagle Shadow Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, with reference to the press release by HM Treasury of 4 June 2015, whether any of the £83 million reduction in her Department's budget for 2015-16 will be accounted for by asset sales; and if she will make a statement.

Photo of Maria Eagle Maria Eagle Shadow Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, with reference to the press release by HM Treasury of 4 June 2015, how the £83 million reduction in her Department's budget for 2015-16 will be met by (a) her Department and (b) her Department's executive agencies and NDPBs.

Photo of George Eustice George Eustice The Minister of State, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

Defra is planning to remain within its budgetary control totals for 2015-16 and is currently developing options to deliver the £83m savings referenced in the press release by HM Treasury of 4 June 2015. These options include tight control of budgets to drive underspends in-year; further efficiency savings; and asset sales. The options are being considered across the Core Department and Defra’s executive agencies and NDPBs.

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