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Payment Schemes

Volume 447: debated on Wednesday 14 June 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many claims for the Single Payment Scheme were submitted by 31 May; and what proportion this represents of claims for entitlements made in 2005. (76360)

[holding answer 12 June 2006]: The information is as follows:

103,005 applications were received by 31 May.

120,367 applications were received for 2005 (this is up to the final deadline on 10 June 2005).

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what budget sum he has allocated for payments under (a) Entry Level Stewardship, (b) Higher Level Stewardship, (c) Hill Farm Allowance and (d) all other environmental and rural development policies for 2006-07. (76362)

[holding answer 12 June 2006]: The current planned budget sum to cover payments for these schemes, which form part of the England Rural Development Programme (including domestic and European funds) during 2006-07, is:

£ million

Entry Level Stewardship (includes Organic Entry Level Stewardship)

66

Higher Level Stewardship

3

Other environmental and rural development policies which come under the umbrella of the England Rural Development Programme

1342.7

1 Includes Countryside Stewardship Scheme, Environmentally Sensitive Areas Scheme, Energy Crops Scheme, Organic Farming Scheme, Woodland Grant Scheme, Farm Woodland and Farm Woodland Premium Scheme Rural Enterprise Scheme, Vocational Training Scheme and Processing and Marketing Grant.

Due to the nature of Entry and Higher Level Stewardship, payments commence some time after agreements are entered into. Consequently, the value of payments shown above for 2006-07 reflects scheme uptake activity from the previous financial year (2005-06).

Arrangements for the Hill Farm Allowance for this financial year are currently being considered, in light of the recently closed public consultation on support for upland areas.

The transition between the current and new England Rural Development Programme takes place on 1 January 2007. Funding arrangements from 2007 onwards are currently being discussed within government. The above figures should be seen as indicative only until these discussions have concluded.

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many claimants have received interim payments of less than 80 per cent. under the Single Farm Payment arrangements since April 2005. (76605)

All partial payments under the Single Payment scheme have been calculated at a rate of 80 per cent. However, the calculation took account of data held in RPA's validation system at a specific point in time, which in some cases meant payment was reduced to reflect late claim penalties.

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs pursuant to the answer of 22 May 2006, Official Report, column 1311W, to the hon. Member for North-East Milton Keynes (Mr. Lancaster), on single farm payments, (a) on what basis and (b) in what form data on regional farm payments is held. (77043)

Details of payments made in England up to 30 June 2006, including by constituency and county, will be published in due course.