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Departmental Manpower

Justine Greening: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many (a) permanent, (b) agency and (c) temporary staff on contracts of (i) up to three months, (ii) between three and six months, (iii) between six and 12 months and (iv) 12 months or more there are in each directorate of his Department. [264288]

Huw Irranca-Davies: The number of permanent and temporary staff (short-term appointments) in DEFRA is shown in the table. All figures are headcount. The number of staff in core DEFRA is broken down by group as the directorates no longer exist in the Department’s organisational structure.

Information on the numbers of employment agency staff is not held centrally and cannot be provided without incurring disproportionate cost.


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Temporary staff
Contract length

Permanent staff Up to three months Between three and six months Between six and 12 months 12 months or more Total

DEFRA group

Environment and Rural

614

2

4

1

1

8

Finance and Commercial

489

6

1

5

2

14

Food and Farming

596

3

0

1

0

4

Legal and Strategic Human Resources

248

1

0

1

0

2

Strategy and Evidence

443

5

2

4

1

12

DEFRA total

2,390

17

7

12

4

40

Executive agencies

Animal Health

1,622

26

27

11

0

64

Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science

548

0

0

0

0

0

Food and Environment Research Agency

840

2

8

15

0

25

Marine and Fisheries Agency

198

0

1

0

1

2

Rural Payments Agency

3,448

0

0

0

0

0

Veterinary Laboratories Agency

1,307

6

2

6

0

14

Veterinary Medicines Agency

149

0

0

0

0

0

DEFRA and agencies total

10,502

51

45

44

5

145


Departmental Official Hospitality

Mr. Rob Wilson: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much his Department spent on (a) alcohol and (b) food in each of the last five years. [261166]

Huw Irranca-Davies: From information held centrally, the Department's expenditure on food for the last three years is as follows:

£

2006-07

1,296,450.76

2007-08

1,407,220.50

April 2008 to February 2009

1,270,359.75


These figures are based upon a combined total expenditure on food and beverages, and the ratio of food to beverage is 55 per cent. to 45 per cent. A detailed analysis of the breakdown of the expenditure on food and beverages, and for each of the last five years, could be provided only at disproportionate cost.

The core Department's financial system has no expenditure category for alcohol. The core Department's catering services provider does not hold a license to serve alcohol. As a general rule, expenditure on alcohol for hospitality purposes is not allowed. Were alcohol to be purchased for hospitality purposes it should be acquired through formal purchase order, or through the Government Procurement Card, both of which methods are subject to formal authorisation procedures. All expenditure including that on hospitality has to be incurred in accordance with the principles of managing Public Money and the Treasury handbook on Regularity and Propriety.

Departmental Public Consultation

Mr. Stewart Jackson: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what payments for (a) polling and (b) other services his Department has made to (i) Deborah Mattinson and (ii) Opinion Leader Research Ltd since 31 December 2007; and if he will make a statement. [261057]

Huw Irranca-Davies: The following table shows what payments DEFRA has made for polling and other services to Opinion Leader Research, co-owned by Deborah Mattinson, since December 2007.

Project title Total cost £ (ex VAT)

2007-08

Public understanding of sustainable consumption of food

12,735

2008-09

Citizens summit

7,500


Departmental Recruitment

Justine Greening: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs pursuant to the Answer of 26 February 2009, Official Report, column 913W, on departmental recruitment, what estimate he has made of the annual salary cost of (a) permanent, (b) temporary and (c) agency staff recruited by his Department in each year since 2005-06. [264285]

Huw Irranca-Davies: This information is not held centrally and could be provided only at disproportionate cost.

Departmental Visits Abroad

David Simpson: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much expenditure was incurred in respect of overseas visits which (a) he, (b) other Ministers in his Department and (c) his Department's senior officials undertook in 2008. [262182]

Huw Irranca-Davies: From information held centrally, for the period January 2008 to December 2008 inclusive, the information requested is (a) £23,313.10 (b) £49,534.00 and (c) £352,819.41 respectively.


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Since 1999, the Government have published a list of all overseas travel by Cabinet Minsters costing over £500. Information for the financial year 2007-08 was published on 22 July 2008, Official Report, column 102WS and for the first time, included details of overseas visits undertaken by all Ministers. All travel by Ministers is undertaken in accordance with the Ministerial Code and by officials in accordance with the Civil Service Management Code. Ministers and officials are required to make efficient and cost-effective travel arrangements.

Domestic Waste: Waste Disposal

Mrs. Spelman: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many local authorities charge for the provision of bags for the collection of residual household waste. [269975]

Jane Kennedy: I refer the hon. Member to the answer I gave to the hon. Member for Brentwood and Ongar (Mr. Pickles) on 5 February 2009, Official Report, column 1395W.

Mrs. Spelman: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the timetable is for the Waste and Resources Action Programme to end home compost bin subsidies. [269984]

Jane Kennedy: The Waste and Resources Action Programme stopped subsidising compost bins at the end of March 2009.

Flood Control: Finance

Martin Horwood: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much was spent on flood prevention in each year since 2000. [269720]

Huw Irranca-Davies [holding answer 20 April 2009]: DEFRA has overall policy responsibility for flood and coastal erosion risk management in England and funds most of the Environment Agency’s flood related work.

The following tables provide an analysis of Government funding to the Environment Agency for its flood risk management function between 2000-01 and 2007-08. The figures are based upon the annual report and accounts of the Environment Agency.

Until 2004-05 the flood risk management function of the Environment Agency was funded primarily through a combination of grants from DEFRA for specific projects and levies on local authorities.

Table 1 shows the funding provided to the Agency from the levies and capital grant.

Table 1: Local authority levies and capital grants 2000-01 to 2003-04

£ million

2000-01

235.0

2001-02

248.9

2002-03

285.6

2003-04

309.8


Both forms of funding were largely replaced by Grant in Aid from DEFRA from 2004-05 onwards. Table 2 shows DEFRA Grant in Aid and also the remaining Local Levy Expenditure which is raised by county councils and unitary authorities.


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Table 2
£ million

Local Levy Expenditure 2004-05 to 2007-08 DEFRA Grant in Aid 2004/5 to 2007-08

2004-05

13.0

355.6

2005-06

19.7

420.6

2006-07

28.8

419.2

2007-08

20.4

438.9


The Environment Agency decides how best to use Grant in Aid to achieve outcomes agreed with Government.

Martin Horwood: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much is planned to be spent on coastal defences in 2009-10. [269721]

Huw Irranca-Davies [holding answer 20 April 2009]: The Environment Agency is responsible on behalf of DEFRA for administering capital grants to local authorities which promote and deliver coastal protection schemes.

The grant allocation for 2009-10 for coastal protection schemes is £28 million.


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