Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Brexit:Written question - 65432

(Brighton, Pavilion)
Asked on: 23 February 2017
Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Brexit
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what the terms of reference are for her Department's EU Exit Programme; how many full-time equivalent civil servants are working on that Programme; and what budget has been allocated to that Programme for each of the next two years.
Answered by: George Eustice
Answered on: 02 March 2017

In terms of work arising from the UK’s vote to leave the EU, some 80% of Defra’s work is framed by EU legislation and a quarter of EU laws apply to Defra’s sectors.

The Department has set up an EU Exit Programme led by a Director General to identify and coordinate work stemming from EU Exit across the Defra group. EU exit work is currently undertaken in all policy directorates in the Department, and in some corporate services areas. It is not possible to give an accurate figure of FTE civil servants working on the programme, given its extensive impact, nor to give a discrete figure regarding budget allocations to EU Exit.

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