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Rural Payments Agency

Volume 479: debated on Monday 1 September 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent representations he has received on the fee imposed for stage 2 appeal applications against decisions taken by the Rural Payments Agency; and whether he plans to amend the fee structure for such appeals. (221741)

An appellant is required to provide a cheque for £100 if they proceed to stage 2 of one of the formal appeal procedures administered by the Rural Payments Agency (RPA). This fee is refunded if the appeal is fully or partially successful. The payment is enabled under the Statutory Instruments that support the appeal procedures.

RPA has occasionally been asked the reason for charging the fee.

There are no plans to amend the fee structure for such appeals.