Skip to main content

Common Agricultural Policy Fraud

Volume 204: debated on Friday 21 February 1992

The text on this page has been created from Hansard archive content, it may contain typographical errors.

To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food what assessment he has made of the prospects of eliminating fraud in European Community matters, in particular that associated with the common agricultural policy.

The United Kingdom remains at the forefront of the fight against fraud in the European Community. In particular, the United Kingdom continues to press the European Commission for further action to implement, and update, measures included in the 45-point anti-fraud programme adopted in 1989 with our strong support. Substantial progress has already been made; measures in connection with the common agricultural policy include:

mandatory minimum levels of physical checks on export refunds
strengthened requirements for annual stocktaking of intervention stocks
improved procedures for reporting irregularities
improved procedures for auditing payments
the inclusion of improved control arrangements in regulations implementing common agricultural policy schemes