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Other government expenditure on forestry

Table 8.5 provides information on other expenditure (excluding public forests) by the Forestry Commission. It includes expenditure by National Offices in England, Wales (until 2012-13) and Scotland as well as expenditure on GB level functions. Expenditure on land that is owned or managed by the Forestry Commission is covered in Table 8.4.

In addition to expenditure on public forests, the Forestry Commission spent a total of £94 million on other activities in 2015-16 (Table 8.5).

£57 million was used by the national offices in England and Scotland for grants and partnership funding and a further £13 million for policy, regulation & administration in 2015-16. At a GB level, £32 million was used for international & GB support services and £13 million for research.

Table 8.5 Other government expenditure on forestry1,2, 2011-12 -2015-16
2011-12 2012- 13 2013-14 2014-15 2015-16
£ million
GB
Grants and partnership funding3 82.3 83.3 87.2 82.0 57.2
Policy, regulation & administration 25.7 26.6 11.5 11.9 13.1
Research – GB funded 15.2 12.7 13.3 12.8 12.7
International & GB support services 33.6 34.3 36.0 32.5 32.1
Less recovery of support service
costs from countries
-23.9 -22.0 -22.4 -20.3 -20.7
Total 132.9 134.9 125.6 118.9 94.4
England
Grants and partnership funding3 32.6 35.8 40.2 37.4 24.8
Policy, regulation & administration4 1.9 2.4 2.2 2.0 1.8
Total 34.5 38.2 42.4 39.4 26.6
Wales
Grants and partnership funding3 4.9 5.5 .. .. ..
Policy, regulation & administration4 14.7 15.4 .. .. ..
Total 19.6 20.9 .. .. ..
Scotland
Grants and partnership funding3 44.8 42.0 47.0 44.6 32.4
Policy, regulation & administration4 9.1 8.8 9.3 9.9 11.3
Total 53.9 50.8 56.3 54.5 43.7

Source: Forestry Commission

Notes:

1. Forestry Commission expenditure only. Excludes expenditure incurred by other departments.

2. Excludes miscellaneous income.

3. EU co-financing not subtracted from grant expenditure. In Wales, includes “Objective 1” expenditure. In England authority for the Rural Development Programme for England (RDPE) grant scheme rests with Defra.

4. Country costs for “policy, regulation & administration” include shares of GB support service costs.

.. Denotes data not available; responsibility for forestry in Wales transferred to Natural Resources Wales on 1 April 2013.

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