The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs spent £27 million less on R&D programmes in 2015-2016 than in the previous year, according to its annual accounts.
The accounts, published on 15 July, indicate that in 2015-2016 the department spent £82m on R&D, down from £108m. Its core department and agencies spent £49m on R&D, and its other bodies directly commissioned an additional £33m. “Its analysis and research directly informed policy delivery and operations, supporting effective outcomes from policies,” the accounts said.
The department’s income from “scientific advice, analysis and research” was nearly halved: during 2015-2016 Defra earned £18m, compared to £35m in 2014-15.