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Agricultural Subsidies

Volume 404: debated on Monday 28 April 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will list the occasions since 1997 when the Department (a) has attempted to reclaim and (b) successfully reclaimed overpayments relating to (i) the environmentally sensitive areas scheme and (ii) other agricultural-related schemes, giving in each case the name of the person or company involved and the amount reclaimed, expressed as a proportion of the original payment made by the Department or its agencies. [108946]

Details of individual recovery cases are not kept in the format requested. To gather the information would require a significant diversion of resources. There are currently some 28,000 agreement, holders in these schemes, each with a 10 year agreement starting some time between 1993 and 2002.