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Single Farm Payment

Volume 455: debated on Wednesday 10 January 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many English farmers have received their 2006 single farm payment. (109286)

[holding answer 19 December 2006]: As at 6 December 2006, 115,750 claimants (99.22 per cent.) had received a total of £1.519 billion (99.43 per cent.) in full or partial payments.

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what his estimate is of the total cost of the interest to be paid to farmers as a result of late payment of single farm payments for the period July to December 2006. (110200)

[holding answer 19 December 2006]: In respect of the 2005 single payment scheme the Rural Payments Agency has paid a total of £846,000 in interest between 1 July and 14 December 2006.