Departmental Annual Report 2012-13

Inquiry Status: Inquiry concluded and Report and Government Response published

The Committee held two evidence sessions on Defra's Departmental Annual Report and Accounts (PDF 2 MB). Links to the transcripts are at the foot of this page. 

The first evidence session, with the Permanent Secretary and officials, provided an opportunity for the Committee to ask about the administration and operation of the Department.

The second evidence session, with the Secretary of State, focused on Departmental Priorities and topical issues including the badger cull, climate change and GM foods.



  • Close


    • Reports and associated evidence – Reports of Committee inquires. This category may also include Special Reports where they are used by a Committee to bring matters relating to conduct of its business to the notice of the House.
    • Responses to Reports - Responses may be published as a Special Report, or as a Command Paper. They may also be appended to a Report should the Committee have substantial comments on the Response, in which case they can be found listed under Reports. 
    • Other oral and written evidence - Evidence taken by the Committee that has yet to or did not result in the publication of a Report. This includes transcripts of recent meetings.
    • Estimate Memoranda - An Estimate memorandum is an explanatory note that accompanies a government department’s estimate (a means by which a department seeks authority from Parliament for its spending plans).
    • Correspondence - Correspondence sent from or received by the Committee or its Chair.