To ask Her Majesty’s Government what was the total cost of the Review of the Balance of Competences between the United Kingdom and the European Union to the Department of Energy and Climate Change and its associated agencies, broken down by (1) staff time, (2) printing costs, (3) running of engagement events, (4) witness expenses, (5) publicity of the reports, and (6) any and all other associated costs.
20 February 2015
As you will be aware, the Balance of Competences Review concluded in December. It was the most comprehensive analysis of the UK’s relationship with the EU ever undertaken. The Review involved a large number of Departments across Whitehall to produce the 32 reports. The Review was based on the evidence and views received through widespread consultation with interested parties from across society. Across the whole review, departments received close to 2,300 evidence submissions. Departments held over 250 events, attended by around 2,100 stakeholders.
It was important that what is an unprecedented examination of EU membership was done with appropriate time and care. But the government is also very conscious of the need to ensure value for money in everything that it does.
The Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) was involved with two reports over the period 2012 - 2014: (1) the Environment and Climate Change Report and (2) the Energy Report. The Environment and Climate Change report was produced jointly with the Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs and the costs of that report were shared between the two departments.
The Balance of Competence Review Team in DECC was staffed by the equivalent of:
· One Grade 6 (salary range £58 427 - £69 697) , dedicating approximately 30% of their time to the Review
· Two Grade 7s (£48 408 - £57 735), dedicating approximately 50% and 80% of their time to the Review and
· Two HEOs (£30 149 - £35 117), dedicating approximately 40% and 70% of their time to the Review.
All other work on the Review was allocated, according to need, to existing staff within the Department. Providing a full breakdown of staff time and costs would exceed the disproportionate cost threshold.
The Department of Energy and Climate Change paid £6 507.05 for printing and publication of the two reports.
Engagement events for the two reports were held in several locations, including Aberdeen, Belfast, Brussels, Cardiff, Glasgow and London. Where possible these were held in Government buildings; some refreshments were provided. The total cost of events and refreshments to DECC was £458.40. To run these engagement events some travel by staff was necessary. However to provide a full breakdown of staff time and costs would exceed the disproportionate cost threshold.
Across the whole of the Balance of Competences Review witness expenses amounted to approximately £2 255.00.
No specific publicity costs were incurred.
Counsel was used in the preparation of the Energy review at a cost of £8 500.