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Single Payment Scheme

Volume 454: debated on Wednesday 13 December 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what his latest estimate is of the percentage of single payment scheme funds which were disbursed by 30 June in Northern Ireland; and if he will make a statement. (107980)

At 30 June 2006, the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development had paid out97 per cent. (£215.353 million) of the £221.804 million budget allocation for the 2005 Single Farm Payment Scheme. The Department was successful in its administration of payments in the first year of this scheme.