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Cap Review

Volume 402: debated on Thursday 3 April 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, when she will next meet EU partners to discuss the Mid-Term CAP Review. [106700]

My right hon. Friend the Secretary of State, will next meet EU partners to discuss reform of the CAP at the Agriculture and Fisheries Council on 8 April.

£ million
2003–042004–052005–06
Expenditure on existing agreementsFunds available for new applicationsExpenditure on existing agreementsFunds available for new applicationsExpenditure on existing agreementsFunds available for new applications
Countryside Stewardship Scheme172.58.565.630.455.755.3
Environmentally Sensitive Areas Scheme45.22.845.22.845.22.8
Organic Farming Scheme6.515.52.420.61.521.5
Farm Woodland Premium Scheme10.70.310.41.610.42.6
Woodland Grant Scheme7.413.65.416.64.117.9
Hill Farm Allowance234.80.027.20.027.20.0
Rural Enterprise Scheme10.213.82.333.70.735.3
Processing and Marketing Grant6.61.41.56.50.37.7
Vocational Training Scheme1.72.30.83.20.23.8
Energy Crops Scheme0.14.90.05.00.05.0
1The rising profile of available funds for new applications will be reduced each year by the expenditure on applications approved in the preceding year(s).
2Expenditure on the Hill Farm Allowance is determined by claims from farmers in the Less Favoured Areas who in any one year have an eligible forage area and keep sheep and/or breeding cattle. Payment rates are set according to demand and the available funds. The budget is planned to be spent in full each year.
The budget for each of the schemes is kept under review, and some limited re-balancing of the available funds may be necessary, with European Commission approval as required, to meet the changing priorities of the Programme.