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Defra disaster.

Defra, the Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, can hardly be described as a towering success.

Roundly condemned for its ham-fisted handling of the foot and mouth crisis, Defra has managed to underspend its budget by pounds 747 million in the five years since it was formed.

It now emerges that a decision to cut British Waterways funding by pounds 5 million stems from EU fines levied on Defra for incompetently failing to make subsidy payments to farmers on time.

The future of Birmingham's canals should not be put at risk because civil servants can't do their job properly.
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Title Annotation:Leaders
Publication:The Birmingham Post (England)
Date:Nov 15, 2006
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