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Agriculture: Subsidies

Volume 475: debated on Monday 12 May 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what proportion of farmers in (a) Forest of Dean constituency and (b) England have not yet received their Single Farm Payment for (i) 2005, (ii) 2006 and (iii) 2007; and if he will make a statement. (204032)

[holding answer 8 May 2008]: Detailed analysis of all the payments made under the Single Payment Scheme (SPS) is not yet available. Once the remaining scheme payments have been completed a decision will be taken on the level of detail that will be published.

The proportion of English claimants who have not yet received SPS payments are:

2005: 8

2006: 45

2007: 8.3 per cent.

2005 and 2006 numbers are too low to register as meaningful percentages and the outstanding payments for these years relate to complex cases, mainly involving legal and probate issues.

RPA is working to finalise remaining payments as soon as possible.