Defra performance in 2014–15 Contents

1Introduction

1.Defra’s Annual Report and Accounts for 2014–15 set out what the Department achieved during the last accounting year of the 2010–15 Parliament, a period of Coalition Government.1 Since then, a new Conservative Government has come to office and, on 25 November 2015, the Chancellor of the Exchequer announced future funding for Defra to 2019–20 which will mean a reduction of around 15% in the Department’s day-to-day spending over four years.2 This report considers Defra’s financial and policy performance during 2014–15 and looks ahead at the decisions facing the Department and its ministerial team in the new financial environment.

1 Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, Annual Report and Accounts 2014–15, HC 30

2 HM Treasury, Spending review and autumn statement, 25 November 2015




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Prepared 14 December 2015