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Asked on: 11 February 2019
Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport
Horseracing
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what representations he has received from the racing industry on potential disruption to race meetings as a result of an incompatibility of quarantine rules between the UK, Ireland and France in the event of the UK leaving the EU without a deal.
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Answered by: Mims Davies
Answered on: 14 February 2019

The Government maintains regular contact with the equine industry, including the British Horseracing Authority (BHA) and the Thoroughbred Breeders Association, to discuss the challenges and opportunities facing the racing industry when the UK leaves the EU.

The rules for importing equines on day one in the event of no deal will remain the same in principle, so we do not anticipate that racing or competition will be significantly adversely affected. However in the event of no deal, the UK will no longer be part of the Tripartite Agreement (TPA), which is a derogation of EU law and allows streamlined movement of some horses between Ireland, France and the UK. The industry is aware of this potential change and has increased their preparations in the event that the UK leaves the EU without a deal.

The EU is set to introduce ‘Smarter Rules for Safer Food’ in April 2021. This will streamline animal movement rules and may include the replacement of the TPA. The equine industries of France, Ireland and the UK, have proposed to the European Commission that any replacement for the TPA introduced in 2021 be extended to cover equines of a high health status from third countries. The Government is supporting this proposal, as it would allow the UK to retain the benefits of the TPA once we leave the EU. Governments of France and Ireland are also supportive.

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(Twickenham)
Asked on: 29 January 2019
Attorney General
Attorney General: Brexit
Commons
To ask the Attorney General, how much of the £3 million allocated to his Department for Brexit preparations in 2019-20 has been allocated to preparing for the UK leaving the EU without a deal.
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Answered by: Robert Buckland
Answered on: 06 February 2019

HM Treasury has allocated over £4.2 billion of additional funding to departments and the Devolved Administrations for EU exit preparations so far. This breaks down as:

£412m of additional funding over the spending review period for the Department for Exiting the European Union, Department for International Trade and the Foreign & Commonwealth Office at Autumn Statement 2016.

£286m of additional funding for 17/18 (a full breakdown of which can be found in Supplementary Estimates 17/18).

Over £1.5bn of additional funding for 18/19. A full breakdown of the allocations can be found in the Chief Secretary’s Written Ministerial Statement, HCWS540, laid on the 13th March.

Over £2bn of additional funding for 19/20. A full breakdown of the allocations can be found in the Chief Secretary’s Written Ministerial Statement, HCWS1205, laid on the 18th December.

The funding provided is in addition to the Attorney General’s Office’s efforts to reprioritise from business as usual toward preparations for the UK’s departure from the EU. This funding is to support preparation for all scenarios.

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(Twickenham)
Asked on: 29 January 2019
Cabinet Office
Cabinet Office: Brexit
Commons
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how much of the £108 million allocated to his Department for Brexit preparations in 2018-19 and 2019-20 has been allocated to preparing for the UK leaving the EU without a deal.
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Answered by: Chloe Smith
Answered on: 06 February 2019

As per the previous PQ, between April 2018 and December 2018, the Cabinet Office spent £32.5m on activities associated with preparations to leave the European Union. We do not split our spending between deal or no deal preparations.

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(Twickenham)
Asked on: 29 January 2019
Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport
Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport: Brexit
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, how much of the £56 million allocated to his Department for Brexit preparations in 2018-19 and 2019-20 has been allocated to preparing for the UK leaving the EU without a deal.
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Answered by: Margot James
Answered on: 06 February 2019

DCMS has been allocated £26.2m of funding for the full year 2018/19, which is being paid out in Supplementary Estimates 18/19.

As at the end of December, our actual spend to date is £20.1m. Further spend to the end of March 2019 is expected to arise from staff, accommodation, IT, and legal costs, to meet the 2018-19 allocation.

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(Twickenham)
Asked on: 29 January 2019
Department for International Trade
Department for International Trade: Brexit
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, how much of the £202 million allocated to his Department for Brexit preparations in 2018-19 and 2019-20 has been allocated to preparing for the UK leaving the EU without a deal.
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Answered by: George Hollingbery
Answered on: 06 February 2019

The Department for International Trade integrates scenario planning for EU exit into its overall programmes of work. ‘No deal’ planning is not undertaken by a distinct team and it is therefore not possible to separately identify the spend associated with the UK leaving the EU without a deal.

HM Treasury has allocated over £4.2 billion of additional funding to departments and the Devolved Administrations for EU exit preparations so far. This breaks down as:

  • £412m of additional funding over the spending review period for the Department for Exiting the European Union, Department for International Trade and the Foreign & Commonwealth Office at Autumn Statement 2016.

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(Twickenham)
Asked on: 29 January 2019
Department of Health and Social Care
Department of Health and Social Care: Brexit
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the Answer of 16 January 2019 to Question 207547 on Department of Health and Social Care: Brexit, how much of the £71 million allocated to his Department for Brexit preparations in 2018-19 and 2019-20 has been allocated to preparing for the UK leaving the EU without a deal.
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Answered by: Stephen Hammond
Answered on: 06 February 2019

Of the £71.1 million funding the Department has been allocated for 2018/19 and 2019/20, we are unable to provide a breakdown of the amount of funding allocated to ‘no deal’ preparations specifically, as this cannot be separated from European Union exit work as a whole across the Department.

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(Twickenham)
Asked on: 29 January 2019
Department for Work and Pensions
Department for Work and Pensions: Brexit
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answer of 21 January 2019 to Question 207551 on Department for Work and Pensions: Brexit, for what reason her Department is unable to estimate the amount of funding her Department has allocated to prepare for the UK leaving the EU without a deal.
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Answered by: Alok Sharma
Answered on: 06 February 2019

DWP has been allocated £15m for 2019/20 for EU Exit activity however this includes costs for both deal and no deal preparation.

Given the interaction between EU Exit activity and the Department’s other priorities, preparations for both deal and no deal have been undertaken by staff as part of their regular duties. We are therefore unable to disaggregate the costs specifically related to no deal EU Exit activity.

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(Twickenham)
Asked on: 29 January 2019
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Brexit
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how much of the £75 million allocated to his Department for Brexit preparations in 2018-19 and 2019-20 has been allocated to preparing for the UK leaving the EU without a deal.
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Answered by: Sir Alan Duncan
Answered on: 06 February 2019

​The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) has been allocated £35.2 million by HM Treasury for EU Exit costs for 2018-19 and an additional £3.5 million for 2019-20. Using this funding and other internal reprioritisation, we have strengthened our diplomatic network in the UK and across Europe so that it is better able to represent and promote British interests and engage with our European partners in support of a successful EU Exit. As with the rest of the civil service, the FCO is preparing for all potential outcomes, including No Deal.

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(Twickenham)
Asked on: 29 January 2019
Treasury
Treasury: Brexit
Commons
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the Answer of 16 January 2019 to Question 207546 on Treasury: Brexit, how much of the £60 million allocated to his Department for Brexit preparations in 2018-19 and 2019-20 has been allocated to preparing for the UK leaving the EU without a deal.
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Answered by: Elizabeth Truss
Answered on: 06 February 2019

HM Treasury has allocated over £4.2 billion of additional funding to departments and the Devolved Administrations for EU exit preparations so far. This breaks down as:

  • £412m of additional funding over the spending review period for the Department for Exiting the European Union, Department for International Trade and the Foreign & Commonwealth Office at Autumn Statement 2016.

  • £286m of additional funding for 17/18 (a full breakdown of which can be found in Supplementary Estimates 17/18: https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/679738/PU2137_Supplementary_estimates_web.pdf.)

  • Over £1.5bn of additional funding for 18/19. A full breakdown of the allocations can be found in the Chief Secretary’s Written Ministerial Statement, HCWS540, laid on the 13th March (https://www.parliament.uk/business/publications/written-questions-answers-statements/written-statement/Commons/2018-03-13/HCWS540/)

  • Over £2bn of additional funding for 19/20. A full breakdown of the allocations can be found in the Chief Secretary’s Written Ministerial Statement, HCWS1205, laid on the 18th December (https://www.parliament.uk/business/publications/written-questions-answers-statements/written-statement/Commons/2018-12-18/HCWS1205/)

HM Treasury was allocated £24.8m for 2018/19 and £35m for 2019/20, which included Arm’s Length Bodies (ALBs).

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(Twickenham)
Asked on: 29 January 2019
Ministry of Defence
Ministry of Defence: Brexit
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 16 January 2019 to Question 207550 on Ministry of Defence: Brexit, how much of the £25 million allocated to his Department for Brexit preparations in 2018-19 and 2019-20 has been allocated to preparing for the UK leaving the EU without a deal.
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Answered by: Mark Lancaster
Answered on: 05 February 2019

Her Majesty’s Treasury has allocated over £4.2 billion of additional funding to departments and the Devolved Administrations for EU exit preparations so far. This breaks down as:

  • £412 million of additional funding over the spending review period for the Department for Exiting the European Union, Department for International Trade and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office at Autumn Statement 2016.

  • £286 million of additional funding for 2017-18 (a full breakdown of which can be found in Supplementary Estimates 2017-18:

https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/679738/PU2137_Supplementary_estimates_web.pdf)

  • Over £1.5 billion of additional funding for 2018-19. A full breakdown of the allocations can be found in the Chief Secretary's Written Ministerial Statement, HCWS540, released on 13 March 2018:

(https://www.parliament.uk/business/publications/written-questions-answers-statements/written-statement/Commons/2018-03-13/HCWS540/)

  • Over £2 billion of additional funding for 2019-20. A full breakdown of the allocations can be found in the Chief Secretary's Written Ministerial Statement, HCWS1205, laid on 18 December 2018:

(https://www.parliament.uk/business/publications/written-questions-answers-statements/written-statement/Commons/2018-12-18/HCWS1205/)

  • The Ministry of Defence (MOD) was allocated £12.7 million in 2018-19, for costs arising as the UK leave the EU in any situation. This allocation has allowed the MOD to retain three Off-Shore Patrol Vessels and support EU Exit preparedness for UK defence bases in Europe, for either EU Exit scenario.

  • The final breakdown spend will be confirmed in the Supplementary Estimates 2018-19 which will be published at the end of the Financial Year. The MOD has also been allocated a total of £12 million in 2019-20 for either EU Exit scenario. The 2019-20 final breakdown spend will be confirmed in the Supplementary Estimates 2019-20 in early 2020.

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(Twickenham)
Asked on: 29 January 2019
Scotland Office
Scotland Office: Brexit
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, pursuant to the Answer of 17 January 2019 to Question 207564 on Scotland Office: Brexit, for what reason his Department holds no estimate of what it has spent on no deal preparations, which cannot readily be separated from other EU exit and devolution functions in general.
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Answered by: David Mundell
Answered on: 05 February 2019

As part of preparations for a successful EU exit, the Office of the Secretary of State for Scotland has been allocated additional EU exit funding. OSSS officials are working across a range of areas (including but not limited to no deal preparations), in their EU exit work. As no deal preparations form part of the broader EU exit work of the department, it is not possible to separate how much has been spent only on no deal preparations.

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(Twickenham)
Asked on: 29 January 2019
Wales Office
Wales Office: Brexit
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, pursuant to the Answer of 21 January 2019 to Question 207565, Wales Office: Brexit, for what reason his Department holds no information on allocation of funding for the UK leaving the EU without a deal.
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Answered by: Nigel Adams
Answered on: 05 February 2019

The Office of the Secretary of State for Wales is working to prepare for a successful UK exit from the EU. The work involves preparations for exit with and without a deal. Neither our organisational structures nor our allocations of funding distinguish between these scenarios.

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Named Day

'Named day' questions only occur in the House of Commons. The MP tabling the question specifies the date on which they should receive an answer. MPs may not table more than five named day questions on a single day.

Asked on: 29 January 2019
Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Brexit
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, pursuant to the Answer of 16 January 2019 to Question 207549 on Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Brexit, how much of the £375 million allocated to his Department for Brexit preparations in 2018-19 and 2019-20 has been allocated to preparing for the UK leaving the EU without a deal.
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Answered by: Richard Harrington
Answered on: 04 February 2019

HM Treasury has allocated over £4.2 billion of additional funding to departments and the Devolved Administrations for EU exit preparations so far. This breaks down as:

  • £412m of additional funding over the spending review period for the Department for Exiting the European Union, Department for International Trade and the Foreign & Commonwealth Office at Autumn Statement 2016.

  • Over £1.5bn of additional funding for 18/19. A full breakdown of the allocations can be found in the Chief Secretary’s Written Ministerial Statement, HCWS540, made on the 13th March, 2018:

(https://www.parliament.uk/business/publications/written-questions-answers-statements/written-statement/Commons/2018-03-13/HCWS540/)

In the financial year 2018/19, BEIS was allocated an additional £185.1m for EU exit work by HM Treasury. The equivalent figure for 2019/20 is £190m. No-deal funding is aggregated as part of the Department’s overall spend and therefore cannot be reported separately.

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(Twickenham)
[N]
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Named Day

'Named day' questions only occur in the House of Commons. The MP tabling the question specifies the date on which they should receive an answer. MPs may not table more than five named day questions on a single day.

Asked on: 29 January 2019
Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Brexit
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 21 January 2019 to Question 207553 on Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Brexit, how much of the £720 million allocated to his Department for Brexit preparations in 2018-19 and 2019-20 has been allocated to preparing for the UK leaving the EU without a deal.
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Answered by: David Rutley
Answered on: 04 February 2019

In addition to the information provided in response to Question 207553, I can confirm that Defra plans to apply in full its additional funding in 2018-19 and 2019-20 to prepare for and deliver its wide ranging programme of EU exit activities in readiness for all exit scenarios.

Defra does not allocate funding separately for preparations for the UK leaving the EU with or without a withdrawal agreement.

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(Twickenham)
[N]
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Named Day

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Asked on: 29 January 2019
Department for Transport
Department for Transport: Brexit
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 21 January 2019 to Question 208748 on Department for Transport: Brexit, how much of the £101 million allocated to his Department for Brexit preparations in 2018-19 and 2019-20 has been allocated to preparing for the UK leaving the EU without a deal.
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Answered by: Chris Grayling
Answered on: 04 February 2019

HM Treasury has allocated over £4.2 billion of additional funding to departments and the Devolved Administrations for EU exit preparations so far. This breaks down as:

  • £412m of additional funding over the spending review period for the Department for Exiting the European Union, Department for International Trade and the Foreign & Commonwealth Office at Autumn Statement 2016.
  • £286m of additional funding for 17/18 (a full breakdown of which can be found in Supplementary Estimates 17/18: https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/679738/PU2137_Supplementary_estimates_web.pdf.)
  • Over £1.5bn of additional funding for 18/19. A full breakdown of the allocations can be found in the Chief Secretary’s Written Ministerial Statement, HCWS540, laid on the 13th March (https://www.parliament.uk/business/publications/written-questions-answers-statements/written-statement/Commons/2018-03-13/HCWS540/)
  • Over £2bn of additional funding for 19/20. A full breakdown of the allocations can be found in the Chief Secretary’s Written Ministerial Statement, HCWS1205, laid on the 18th December (https://www.parliament.uk/business/publications/written-questions-answers-statements/written-statement/Commons/2018-12-18/HCWS1205/)

This funding is in addition to my department’s efforts to reprioritise from business as usual toward preparations for the UK’s departure from the EU.

Of the funding allocated from HM Treasury for the financial years 2018-19 and 2019-20, my Department has currently allocated £36.4m to prepare specifically for a no deal. As we further our preparations for EU Exit, we may allocate additional resources for no deal contingencies.

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(Twickenham)
[N]
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Named Day

'Named day' questions only occur in the House of Commons. The MP tabling the question specifies the date on which they should receive an answer. MPs may not table more than five named day questions on a single day.

Asked on: 29 January 2019
Home Office
Home Office: Brexit
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 21 January 2019 to Question 207552 on Home Office: Brexit, how much of the £875 million allocated to his Department for Brexit preparations in 2018-19 and 2019-20 has been allocated to preparing for the UK leaving the EU without a deal.
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Answered by: Caroline Nokes
Answered on: 04 February 2019

For the financial year 2018-19, the department was allocated £395m based on planning for both the ‘preferred’ scenario and ‘no deal’ scenario covered in the Department for Exiting the European Union’s (DExEU) ‘Implementation Guidance for the EU Exit Programme’.


For the financial year 2019-20, the Department received £480m. These funds have still to be allocated internally.

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Asked on: 29 January 2019
Northern Ireland Office
Northern Ireland Office: Brexit
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, pursuant to the Answer of 16 January 2019 to Question 207548 on Northern Ireland Office: Brexit, for what reason calculating a specific allocation would be disproportionately difficult in relation to estimating the amount of funding her Department has allocated to preparing for the UK leaving the EU without a deal.
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Answered by: John Penrose
Answered on: 04 February 2019

The Northern Ireland Office has not specifically allocated any funding for no deal preparations.

A number of staff across the Department work on both EU Exit and non-EU exit related work. Where staff spend some or all of their time working on EU Exit, this includes work to prepare for all potential exit scenarios, including no deal. It would therefore not be possible to accurately calculate or estimate how much staff time is spent solely on preparing for a no deal outcome.

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(Twickenham)
Asked on: 29 January 2019
Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government
Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government: Brexit
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, pursuant to the Answer of 21 January 2019 to Question 207561 on Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government: Brexit, for what reason his Department does not hold data on funding allocated to preparing for the UK leaving the EU without a deal.
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Answered by: Jake Berry
Answered on: 04 February 2019

Officials working on EU Exit are preparing for all scenarios, whether as part of their regular duties or within EU Exit teams. We are therefore unable to disaggregate the cost of preparing for a no deal scenario from other EU exit and business as usual work.

On 28 January, I announced via Written Ministerial Statement (HCWS1279) an additional £56.5 million to help councils carry out their preparations. This funding is to support preparation for all scenarios.

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(Twickenham)
Asked on: 29 January 2019
Ministry of Justice
Ministry of Justice: Brexit
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how much of the £47 million allocated to his Department for Brexit preparations in 2018-19 and 2019-20 has been allocated to preparing for the UK leaving the EU without a deal.
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Answered by: Lucy Frazer
Answered on: 04 February 2019

HM Treasury has allocated over £4.2 billion of additional funding to departments and the Devolved Administrations for EU exit preparations so far. This breaks down as:

  • £412m of additional funding over the spending review period for the Department for Exiting the European Union, Department for International Trade and the Foreign & Commonwealth Office at Autumn Statement 2016.
  • £286m of additional funding for 17/18 (a full breakdown of which can be found in Supplementary Estimates 17/18: https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/679738/PU2137_Supplementary_estimates_web.pdf.)
  • Over £1.5bn of additional funding for 18/19. A full breakdown of the allocations can be found in the Chief Secretary’s Written Ministerial Statement, HCWS540, laid on the 13th March (https://www.parliament.uk/business/publications/written-questions-answers-statements/written-statement/Commons/2018-03-13/HCWS540/)
  • Over £2bn of additional funding for 19/20. A full breakdown of the allocations can be found in the Chief Secretary’s Written Ministerial Statement, HCWS1205, laid on the 18th December (https://www.parliament.uk/business/publications/written-questions-answers-statements/written-statement/Commons/2018-12-18/HCWS1205/)

The Ministry of Justice was allocated £17.3m in 18/19 and £30m in 19/20 from HMT specifically for EU-related activities.

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(Twickenham)
Asked on: 11 January 2019
Department for Work and Pensions
Department for Work and Pensions: Brexit
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how much money her Department has allocated for preparations for the UK leaving the EU without a deal to date; how much of that funding has been made by way of ministerial direction; and for what functions that funding has been allocated.
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Answered by: Alok Sharma
Answered on: 21 January 2019

HM Treasury has allocated over £4.2 billion of additional funding to departments and the Devolved Administrations for EU exit preparations so far. This breaks down as:

Preparations have been undertaken by staff as part of their regular duties and we are therefore unable to disaggregate the costs. We will implement our contingency plans following agreement on the nature of our withdrawal.

DWP ministers have not issued any directions in relation to EU Exit funding.

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