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Agriculture Schemes

Volume 301: debated on Friday 21 November 1997

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To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food which Community-funded agricultural schemes affecting the United Kingdom he estimates will be underspent in relation to their expected levels of expenditure at the end of the current financial year; and if he will make a statement giving details of projected underspends for each affected scheme. [17279]

Lower than expected levels of expenditure on EU-funded agricultural schemes do not automatically lead to an underspend since reduced expenditure is mirrored in a corresponding reduction in EU receipts.