Northern Ireland

Department of Agriculture and Rural Development

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Image caption Much of the department's focus is on administering subsidies from Brussels

Budget for 2010/11: Recurrent spending £225m Capital spending £-173m

Projections for the next four years: The budget projects that by 2014/15, the day-to-day spending budget will have fallen to £219m, a drop of about 3%.

Capital spending for this department will increase to about £30m. The current figure of minus £173m is an anomaly which has arisen because planned asset sales have not materialised.

Possible impact: Much of the department's focus is on administering subsidies from Brussels, which explains why its day-to-day costs are much higher than its budget for investment.

However, it does plan to move out of its Dundonald offices, a move which could be dependent on its funding.