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Agriculture: Subsidies

Volume 481: debated on Monday 27 October 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much has been distributed by Yorkshire Forward under agricultural schemes in each of the last three years. (227767)

The principal agricultural scheme managed by Yorkshire Forward is the social and economic elements of the Rural Development Programme for England (although this also benefits non-agricultural businesses operating in rural areas). Yorkshire Forward only assumed responsibility for this funding from October 2006. Before this, it was the responsibility of the Rural Development Service, part of DEFRA.

The total spend under the RDPE and the predecessor rural development programme by Yorkshire Forward since it assumed responsibility is:

£ million

16 October 2006 to 15 October 2007

1.76

16 October 2007 to 15 October 2008

1.08

The total RDPE budget allocated to Yorkshire Forward in 2008-09 is £9.89 million.

In addition, Yorkshire Forward has supported agricultural businesses through its single programme budget. The spend on specific agricultural projects over the last three financial years is:

£

2005-06

240,200

2006-07

1,071,700

2007-08

654,800

In addition, agricultural businesses may also have received support through some small ad hoc projects, as well as through mainstream support services, for which it is difficult to obtain separate figures for agriculture.