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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 £103 million on other activities in 2016-17 (Table 8.5).

£62 million was used by the national offices in England and Scotland for grants and partnership funding and a further £12 million for policy, regulation & administration in 2016-17. At a GB level, £28 million was used for international & GB support services and £17 million for research.

Table 8.5 Other government expenditure on forestry1,2, 2012-13 -2016-17

  2012-13 2013-14 2014-15 2015-16 2016-17
£ million      
GB          
Grants and partnership funding3 83.3 87.2 82.0 57.2 61.6
Policy, regulation & administration 26.6 11.5 11.9 13.1 12.2
Research – GB funded4 12.7 13.3 12.8 12.7 17.0
International & GB support services4 34.3 36.0 32.5 32.1 28.4
Less recovery of support service costs from countries -22.0 -22.4 -20.3 -20.7 -16.1
Total 134.9 125.6 118.9 94.4 103.1
England          
Grants and partnership funding3 35.8 40.2 37.4 24.8 24.0
Policy, regulation & administration5 2.4 2.2 2.0 1.8 2.2
Total 38.2 42.4 39.4 26.6 26.2
Wales          
Grants and partnership funding3 5.5 .. .. .. 0.0
Policy, regulation & administration5 15.4 .. .. .. 0.0
Total 20.9 .. .. .. 0.0
Scotland          
Grants and partnership funding3 42.0 47.0 44.6 32.4 37.6
Policy, regulation & administration5 8.8 9.3 9.9 11.3 10.0
Total 50.8 56.3 54.5 43.7 47.6

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. The increase in “Research – GB funded” and corresponding decrease in “International & GB support services” from 2015-16 to 2016-17 largely reflect organisational change within the Forestry Commission, with the transfer of some functions into Forest Research in April 2016.

5. 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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