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Agriculture: Single Farm Payment

Volume 476: debated on Monday 2 June 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many single farm payments have been made relating to (a) 2007-08, (b) 2006-07 and (c) 2005-06; and how many payments of what total value are outstanding for each of those years. (204252)

For the 2005 single payment scheme (SPS) year, 117,109 customers have been paid £1.53 billion. Payments worth £58,644 are still outstanding for 8 customers.

For the 2006 SPS year, 106,819 customers have been paid £1.514 billion. Payments worth £205,947 are outstanding for 42 customers.

Outstanding 2005 and 2006 payments are complex cases involving legal and probate issues.

As at 6 May 2008 97,809 customers out of the total estimated total claimant population of 106,700 have so far received full SPS payment for the 2007 SPS year. These payments are worth £1.255 billion, compared with the estimated total SPS fund value of £1.45 billion.

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

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what plans he has to increase and improve the provision for modulations under the single farm payment. (206295)

Currently there are no plans to change the rates of voluntary modulation which apply in England from those that were announced on 29 March 2007.

Changes to all the modulation provisions for the single farm payment are governed by European legislation. We expect modulation to feature as part of the European Commission's forthcoming Health Check of the Common Agricultural Policy, the formal proposals for which are due to be published on 20 May.