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Common Agricultural Policy

Volume 456: debated on Thursday 1 February 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if he will make a statement on progress with the implementation of CAP reform in member states. (111992)

[holding answer 26 January 2007]: Member states have now largely completed the implementation of the 2003 and 2004 Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) reforms. An overview of the position with respect to direct payments is available on the DEFRA website. I shall arrange for copies of it to be placed in the House Libraries.

It is understood that subsequent reforms of the EU sugar and banana regimes are being implemented across the EU in accordance with the relevant legal requirements.