A planned cash boost for the Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment could be reduced in the Treasury's comprehensive spending review next year.
Arts minister Baroness Blackstone told Building that the CABE budget for 2003/4 was under review. She said: "Things are not quite on course since 11 September. There is a downturn in the economy and we have the extra cost of dealing with terrorism."
The Department for Culture, Media and Sport had approved a doubling of the budget for CABE for 2002/3 to £3.8m.
Sir Stuart Lipton, chairman of CABE, told a DCMS conference called Good Design in Public Buildings last week, that he hoped the budget would double again the year after.
The extra money was to have been spent on increasing CABE's staffing from 14 to 28 employees.