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|15 Mar 2018, 10:52 a.m.||Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Brexit||Sue Hayman|
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what funding has been allocated by his Department to prepare for the UK leaving the EU; and how much of that funding was approved after the issue of a Ministerial direction.
Answer (George Eustice)
The amount allocated to the UK’s departure from the EU in the Spring Supplementary Estimate for 2017-18 was £67.4 million from the Reserve, with a further £20 million repurposed from Defra’s budget towards the UK’s departure from the EU. In the Chancellor’s Spring Statement, £310 million has been allocated to Defra for the UK’s departure from the EU in 2018-19, with a further £10 million being repurposed from Defra’s budget.
The Ministerial Direction that was issued on 16 January 2018 was not connected to the allocation of funding. The Direction sought the necessary authority required under ‘Managing Public Money’ for six projects to proceed to their building phase before the EU (Withdrawal) Bill receives Royal Assent and provides the necessary legislative cover.