Scotland

Scottish Budget breakdown: Environmental and Rural Affairs

The Scottish government has announced its final draft budget before next May's election, which includes cuts of about £1bn.

Here is a look at the detailed budget plans.

ENVIRONMENTAL AND RURAL AFFAIRS

2011-12 draft budget - £539m

2010-11 budget - £594m

This department, under the control of Richard Lochhead, is responsible for protecting the environment and promoting rural policy.

Agriculture, marine management and forestry also fall under Mr Lochhead's brief.

Through spending cuts and efficiencies, ministers want to protect spending which supports economic growth.

These include financial support for farmers and fishermen, which will be boosted by EU funding.

Almost all areas of the portfolio will see funding cuts - with research and related services taking a hit of £13m.

Marine funding falls from £66m to £61m, the Forestry Commission is down from £55m to £47m.

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