Defra Performance In 2013-14
HC 802, Eighth Report Session 2014-15 - Report, Together with Formal Minutes Relating to the Report
- House of Commons - House of Commons Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee
- TSO (The Stationery Office)
The report 'Defra Performance in 2013-14 (HC 802)' examines the expenditure, administration and policy of the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) and its associated public bodies in 2013-14.
DEFRA's total expenditure for 2013-14 was £6.252 billion, taking into account both its activities funded directly by Parliament and grants made following the receipt of money from the European Union, predominantly to fund agricultural subsidies and rural development schemes.
The Government budget allocated to and spent by DEFRA is known as the Departmental Expenditure Limit (DEL) and it is set at Spending Reviews. DEFRA has underspent its central Government funding allocation each year since the 2010 Spending Review.
In 2013-14, DEFRA spent £2,433 million of its DEL to meet its strategic objectives which resulted in a 2% underspend compared to its budget.
DEFRA's Annual Report and Accounts 2013-4 state that the underspend against resource DEL was due to the following factors:
(i) £30 million was not spent as the UK Government challenged EU disallowance penalties on 2010 and 2011 Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) scheme expenditure; and
(ii) £20 million was intentional underspend following approval from HM Treasury to carry the funding into 2014-15 to spend on flood prevention.
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