To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what estimate he has made of the (a) funding allocated by his Department for preparations for the UK leaving the EU without a deal and (b) proportion of that funding which has been allocated by ministerial direction; and for what functions that funding has been allocated.
The funding provided by HMT is in addition to my department’s efforts to reprioritise from business as usual toward preparations for the UK’s departure from the EU. We are required to achieve value for money as part of receiving these additional funds, in line with the guidance set out in Managing Public Money. My Department spent a total of £6.6m between 2016/17 and 2017/18 preparing for all EU Exit scenarios. We were allocated up to £76.8m for EU Exit preparations in this financial year for all scenarios and £15.8m of this funding has been spent so far.
Bernadette Kelly, the accounting officer for the Department for Transport, sought a written ministerial direction on 7th February 2018 for expenditure on EU Exit preparations. The details can be found here https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/eu-exit-preparations-dft-ministerial-direction. This covered activity related to the Haulage Permits and Trailer Registration Bill in advance of the relevant supporting legislation receiving Royal Assent. The Bill subsequently received Royal Assent on 19th July 2018 and is now an Act of Parliament.