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PAC Slams Defra's Poor Control of Its Budgets

Magazine article Public Finance

PAC Slams Defra's Poor Control of Its Budgets

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Budgetary control in the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs has come under fire from the Public Accounts Committee.

Between 2006 and 2008, Defra planned spending in excess of Ns actual funds, with a detrimental effect on service delivery, according to a PAC report published on September 4.

Mid-year budget reductions of £170m in 2006/07 meant that the Marine and Fisheries Agency had to defer its vessel decommissioning grants scheme for trawler owners intending to leave the fishing industry.

PAC chair Edward Leigh said: 'This is a clear example of poor financial management harming the delivery of services. The department has now established more rigorous financial and outcome monitoring systems but the many lessons of what had gone wrong should be closely studied.'

The committee conceded that unexpected events, such as floods and outbreaks of animal disease, put a strain on the E3. …

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