HC Deb 21 October 2002 vol 391 cc1-2W
Mr. Lidington

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs 1) what was her Department's(a) planned and (b) actual expenditure on services from the Central Science Laboratory in 2001–02: [74700]

(2) if she will list the net income derived by the Central Science Laboratory in (a) 2000–01 and (b) 2001–02 from (i) her Department, (ii) each other relevant Government department or agency and (iii) the private sector; [74702]

(3) what her Department's planned expenditure is on the Central Science Laboratory in (a) the current financial year and (b) each of the next three financial years. [74701]

Margaret Beckett

The Central Science Laboratory provides a wide variety of primarily scientific services connected with agriculture, food and the countryside to my Department and other customers. Those services are provided on the basis of contracts for specific projects and expenditure by the Department on the Central Science Laboratory will be dependent on the totality of those contracts from individual departmental customers.

2001–02 was not a typical year since the Foot and Mouth outbreak required the Department to make exceptional calls on Central Science Laboratory staff and facilities.

The net planned income from Defra for 2001–02 was £25,621m, the actual income was £30,560m. The difference is largely accounted for by income on FMD activity of £3.8m.

The net income derived by Central Science Laboratory in (a) 2000–01 and (b) 2001–02 is shown in the table below:

2000–01 £,000 2001–02 £,000
Defra 26,269 30,560
FSA 1,923 2,273
Other Government Departments 930 390
Lew Bodies 677 563
Private Sector* 4,753 6,207


* includes income from the EU.

Fuller information is available in the Central Science Laboratory's Annual Report and Accounts available on their website at: www.csl.gov.uk/news/publication/

Central Science Laboratory's planned income from its departmental customers for the current financial year is expected to total £27,919m.

CSL current forecast income for the next three financial years is as follows:

2003/04 £ 2004/05 £ 2005/06 £
28,187 28,328 28,404

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