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Livestock Payments

Volume 181: debated on Monday 26 November 1990

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To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food what has been the total level of livestock payments in the United Kingdom for each of the last five years; if he will list the payments made under each scheme; and what proportion of each scheme is financed by the European Community.

Information on payments under the various measures that benefit the United Kingdom livestock sector is contained at table 9.1 of "Agriculture in the United Kingdom 1989" a copy of which is in the Library of the House.The market support measures generally attract 100 per cent. funding by the European Community, except that the suckler cow premium scheme payments include an element of national funding that does not attract an EC contribution; and the Community contribute only 25 per cent. of eligible expenditure in Great Britain (30 per cent. in Northern Ireland from 1990) under the hill livestock compensatory allowance scheme.