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Rural Payments Agency: Expenditure

Volume 470: debated on Thursday 10 January 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what percentage of the Rural Payments Agency’s income was spent on (a) administration and (b) payments to farmers in each of the last two years; and if he will make a statement. (174278)

The RPA’s income was expended on running costs and scheme expenditure. The following figures are as reported in the Rural Payments Annual Report and Accounts, but rounded.

2006-072005-06

£ million

Percentage

£ million

Percentage

Net running costs

228

10.3

239

9.5

Scheme expenditure

1,998

89.7

2,279

90.5

Total expenditure

2,226

2,518

The majority of scheme expenditure is funded by the European Commission under CAP schemes.

The above excludes schemes which are administered by other agencies but for which RPA is the paying agency. It also excludes payments made by other UK paying agencies which RPA funds as the UK funding body.