HC Deb 17 September 2004 vol 424 c1942W
Norman Baker

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what efficiency savings will be made by her Department in each financial year as announced in the Spending Review, broken down by departmental head. [185891]

Alun Michael

The overall efficiency savings to be delivered by Defra are set out as follows.

Cumulative efficiencies
£ million
2005–06 2006–07 2007–08
Defra 91 198 310
Waste services 25 120 299

Defra is required to deliver £610 million in annual efficiencies by 2007–08, which includes £300 million of efficiencies that Defra will be expected to secure within local government expenditure on waste services.

Plans are now being put in place to ensure that the Department, its agencies and NDPBs are able to deliver on the 2004 Spending Review commitments and to attribute savings by departmental head. These will address the cross-cutting and corporate nature of some of the efficiency delivering programmes.