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Written Answers to Questions

Tuesday 6 February 2007

Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

Access Management Grant Scheme

Mr. Drew: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether he plans to provide funding for the Access Management Grant Scheme in the next two financial years. [117593]

Barry Gardiner: Natural England’s core funding level for the next financial year (2007-08) has been set at £169.53 million, an increase of £6.4 million (4 per cent.) on the equivalent core funding level in the current year. This increase will enable Natural England to strengthen the delivery of its strategic direction and reflects the importance which the Government attach to this area. Natural England also receives further Government funding in addition to this core funding amount.

However, it must be for Natural England to consider any extension to the Access Management Grant Scheme, and the priority that should be allocated to this work as part of its overall corporate planning process.

Correspondence

Richard Younger-Ross: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many letters his Department received from hon. Members in each week of the last 12 months; and what the target time for written response is. [118719]

Barry Gardiner: DEFRA received an average of 265 letters from hon. Members and noble Lords in each week of the last 12 months. The target time for responding is 15 working days.

Departmental Expenditure

Mr. Hurd: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much programme expenditure sponsored by his Department was spent via each of the Government offices for the regions in the most recent year for which figures are available. [116756]

Barry Gardiner: 2004-05 is the latest year for which an analysis of expenditure outturn by region has been published by the Treasury. Total programme expenditure for the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs is listed in the following table:


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Programme expenditure for DEFRA managed by government offices for 2004-05
Government office Programme Total (£)

East

Sustainable Development Publicity

40,000

Waste Regional Support Fund

50,000

East Midlands

Sustainable Food and Farming

40,000

Waste Implementation Programme

11,750

Leader +

325,353

North East

Leader +

179,914

North West

Leader +

1,203,880

Sustainable Development Publicity

40,003

Sustainable Food and Farming

15,000

Waste Regional Support Fund

112,567

South East

Leader +

4,594,420

Sustainable Development Publicity

61,614

South West

Leader +

2,008,719

Sustainable Development Publicity

39,934

West Midlands

Leader +

701,816

Sustainable Food and Farming

20,000

Waste Regional Support Fund

30,000

Yorkshire and Humber

Leader +

1,200,000

Sustainable Food and Farming

35,000

Sustainable Development Fund

57,000

Waste Regional Support Fund

60,000

London

Sustainable Development Publicity Budget

54,800

Sustainable Food and Farming

10,000

Waste Regional Support Fund

56,700


Departmental Fixed Assets

Mr. Francois: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs which fixed assets his Department sold for more than £10,000 in (a) 2004-05 and (b) 2005-06; and what the (i) sale value, (ii) purchaser and (iii) date of sale was of each asset. [110789]

Barry Gardiner: The fixed assets sold by the core-Department and its agencies in 2004-05 and 2005-06 for more than £10,000 including dates of sale and sale values are listed in the following table. Information about the purchaser of each asset is not held centrally and obtaining this information would incur disproportionate costs for the Department.


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Date of sale Organisation Type of asset Description Sale value (£000)

1 April 2004

Core Defra

Property

Rocks Farm, Kent

150

24 July 2004

Core Defra

Property

Tattenhall Buffer Depot, Cheshire

361

24 January 2005

Core Defra

Property

4a Efford, Lymington, Hampshire

43

4 March 2005

Core Defra

Property

196 Willington Road Kirton, Lincolnshire

69

4 March 2005

Core Defra

Property

8 Farm Close Boxworth, Cambridgeshire

161

31 March 2005

Core Defra

Property

Boxworth Land Cambridgeshire

20

18 July 2005

Core Defra

Property

Efford Lots 1 and 1a, Lymington, Hampshire

1,403

2 September 2005

Core Defra

Property

Efford Lot 4, Lymington, Hampshire

151

23 September 2005

Core Defra

Property

Harpenden Lab, Hertfordshire

4,119

30 September 2005

Core Defra

Property

No 4 Lower House Farm Barns, Throckmorton , Worcestershire

245

7 November 2005

Core Defra

Property

Efford Lot 5, Lymington, Hampshire

65

11 November 2005

Core Defra

Property

Boxworth Woodside, Cambridgeshire

400

25 November 2005

Core Defra

Property

2 Newbridge Drive Cottages, Efford, Lymington, Hampshire

152

31 January 2006

Core Defra

Property

Efford Main site Lot 2, Lymington, Hampshire

296

31 January 2006

Core Defra

Property

Efford Main site Lot 3, Lymington, Hampshire

198

31 January 2006

Core Defra

Property

1 Newbridge Drive Cottages, Efford, Lymington, Hampshire

152

5 April 2005

Core Defra

Vehicle

Volkswagen Golf

10

1 October 2004

Core Defra (1)

IT

Equipment in block

17,982

31 January 2006

CEFAS

Research Vessel

Marine Vessel Corystes

969

28 June 2004

RPA

Land and Buildings

Grain Store Lochabriggs

1,431

28 June 2004

RPA

Plant and Machinery

Cold Store (part of the above Grain Store)

25

30 June 2004

RPA

Plant and Machinery

VOLVO (part of the above Grain Store)

11

23 August 2004

RPA

Plant and Machinery

VOLVO (part of the above Grain Store )

11

17 June 2005

RPA

Land and Buildings

Grain Stores—Hemswell

661

17 June 2005

RPA

Plant and Machinery

Cold Store (part of the above Grain Store)

1,526

31 October 2005

RPA

Plant and Machinery

VOLVO (part of the above Grain Store)

22

31 October 2005

RPA

Plant and Machinery

Grain Elevator

12

23 December 2005

RPA

Land and Buildings

Grain Stores—19683-Clifton

5,475

31 December 2005

RPA

Plant and Machinery

Loading Shovel

10

31 December 2005

RPA

Plant and Machinery

Loading Shovel

10

31 December 2005

RPA

Plant and Machinery

Grain Elevator

18

Note:
This reflects the transfer of the ownership of IT equipment in block to IBM as part of core Defra’s IT outsourcing contract with IBM.

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