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Farm Subsidies

Volume 450: debated on Wednesday 11 October 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs pursuant to the answer of 12 July 2006, Official Report, column 1857W, on single farm payments, when Single Payment Scheme details of (a) the number of payments made, (b) the number of outstanding payments, (c) the value of payments made and (d) the value of outstanding payments in England up to 30 June 2006 are expected to be published. (89386)

The figures were published on 5 July and showed that up to 30 June, the close of the regulatory Single Payment Scheme payment window, (a) a total of 107,888 full or partial payments had been made, (b) 8,500 customers had yet to receive a payment of which 460 had claims valued at more than €1,000 (£682), (c) the value of payments made was £1,438,233,836 and the value of outstanding payments was approximately £77 million.

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs pursuant to the answer of 12 July 2006, Official Report, column 1857W, on single farm payments, what the total value is of single farm payments which (a) have been made and (b) are outstanding, broken down by English region. (89387)

The latest figures published on 27 September showed Single Payment Scheme payments totalling £1,497,691,761 had been made. It is not possible to give a regional breakdown of the remainder at this stage, but the intention is to publish full details of payments to farmers by region shortly after the conclusion of the payment cycle. These latest figures indicated that approximately £18 million of the £1.515 billion estimated total fund remained to be paid to farmers across England who are eligible for payment.