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Agriculture: Subsidies

Volume 458: debated on Wednesday 14 March 2007

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the Answer of 5 March 2007, Official Report, column 1675W, on agriculture: subsidies, if he will break down the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs’ £305 million claim on the revenue. (126234)

The additional cover of £305 million on DEFRA’s spring supplementary estimate is based on a prudent assessment at that time of issues raised in relation to progress in making payments and regulatory compliance for potential disallowances at the end of the financial year. Detailed discussions will take place with the Commission over a number of years before a final figure is reached.