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Agriculture: Subsidies

Volume 475: debated on Thursday 1 May 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the revenue raised through modulation of the single farm payment was spent on in (a) 2005-06, (b) 2006-07 and (c) 2007-08. (201608)

Money raised through modulation of the Single Payment Scheme (SPS) and other direct payments is transferred to Pillar 2 of the Common Agricultural Policy and is used to fund rural development programmes.

Modulation receipts in England from the 2005, 2006 and 2007 SPS schemes years form part of the funding of the England Rural Development Programme 2000-2006 and latterly the Rural Development Programme for England 2007-2013.

Further details on modulation expenditure for 2005-06 and 2006-07 can be found in the England Rural Development Annual Reports on the DEFRA website at:

http://www.defra.gov.uk/erdp/docs/ann_rep.htm.

The Rural Development Programme for England Annual Report 2007-08 will be available in the summer.

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the value of the modulation element of the single farm payment in England was in (a) 2005-06, (b) 2006-07 and (c) 2007-08. (201610)

The following table provides total modulation deductions to date for each scheme year of the Single Payment Scheme:

SPS scheme year1

£ million2

2005

81.47

2006

163.79

20073

251.10

1 Scheme year refers to claims submitted in that calendar year for which the payment window runs from December to 30 June of the following calendar year. 2 All figures subject to change as payments are made or adjusted. 3 Approximately 16 per cent. of the value of 2007 SPS payments remain to be made.