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Soil Association

Volume 456: debated on Thursday 1 February 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what grant his Department has recently given to the Soil Association; and for what purpose. (111431)

DEFRA has made the following recent grant payments to the Soil Association and its associated certification companies, Soil Association Certification Limited and ASCISCO.

(a) Payments made by DEFRA to Soil Association Certification Limited and ASCISCO as part of the partnership agreement with organic certification bodies in connection with the implementation of the EU Organic inspection regime:

2006-07—£276,456.84

(b) Grant payments to the Soil Association under the Rural Enterprise Scheme (RES) and Vocational Training Scheme (VTS)

Scheme

Project start date

1Total grant awarded to project (£)

Project description

Rural Enterprise Scheme

1 August 2006

11,200

Feasibility study for a regional organic network in Yorkshire

Rural Enterprise Scheme

11 August 2006

173,736

Supplementary funding for the organic element of the North West Fantastic Food Partnership

Vocational Training Scheme

24 August 2006

32,435.50

Organic training for converting and existing producers

Rural Enterprise Scheme

1 October 2006

100,409.10

Business and marketing support for the organic food and farming sector

1This figure is the amount awarded for the whole project period, including years beyond 2006.