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Agriculture: Subsidies

Volume 488: debated on Monday 2 March 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what proposals he has to link schemes with environmental benefits to the single farm payment. (253899)

The existing link between Single Payment Scheme (SPS) and environmental standards is provided by the requirements set under cross compliance. These standards are also a condition of entry to environmental stewardship which rewards farmers for additional positive management of the farmed environment under the rural development programme in England.

The Common Agriculture Policy ‘Health Check’ decision in November 2008 abolished the set-aside mechanism from January 2009. The UK supported this action on the condition that adequate measures were put in place to mitigate adverse environmental consequences. We were successful in achieving a new legal basis which allows member states to use cross compliance for this purpose.

Within this context, the Secretary of State asked Sir Don Curry to bring together key stakeholders to consider the impact of the loss of set-aside including investigating mitigation. Sir Don reported last July, since when we have been considering the details of how mitigation might be put into practice. We expect to be in a position to consult on possible mitigation measures shortly.

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs which UK producer organisations have been funded from EU budget line 05 02 08 03 in 2008; and how much has been awarded to each. (256100)

Details of which UK producer organisations have been funded from EU budget line 05 02 08 03, and how much they have been awarded, are provided in the following table:

UK producer organisation

£

Abb Marketing Ltd.

111,911.52

Abbey View Producer Organisation Ltd.

250,500.00

Anglian Pea Growers Ltd.

186,579.83

Angus Growers Ltd.

708,335.73

ASA Peas Marketing Ltd.

-6,773.17

Aylsham Growers Ltd.

33,657.60

Berry Growers Ltd.

16,991.23

Britannia Salads P.O Ltd.

68,252.14

Checkers '83 Ltd.

2,354.69

Cottage Mushrooms Ltd.

246,679.16

East of Scotland Growers Ltd.

268,286.95

Fen Peas Ltd.

43,136.23

Fieldfresh Ltd.

13,032.64

Foxash Growers Ltd.

404,837.79

Fresh Growers Ltd.

406,147.31

Fruition PO Ltd.

1,186,619.38

Fruitlink (Wisbech) Ltd.

150,754.34

Glass Field & Pack Ltd.

401,944.94

Global Salads Ltd.

8,286.88

Green Produce P O Ltd.

430,988.72

Greenshoots Ltd.

728,926.74

Greenvale Fruit Packers Ltd.

21,239.08

Growco Producer Organisation

124,503.39

Growvale Ltd.

111,620.28

G’s Growers Ltd.

2,908,857.66

Holbeach Marsh Co-Operative Ltd.

90,194.21

Humber Growers Ltd.

95,662.72

Humber Pea Growers Ltd.

1,504.43

KG Growers Ltd.

3,170,052.01

Linfresh Foods Ltd.

57,237.22

Mid Kent Growers Ltd.

346,507.57

Mockbeggar Ltd.

526,332.55

Northern Mushrooms Ltd.

789,768.98

Northway Mushrooms Ltd.

365,598.48

Ormskirk Growers Ltd.

37,121.04

Plantsman Ardleigh Storage Ltd.

34,677.33

Red Star Growers Ltd.

148,101.52

S G T Ltd.

239,719.08

Scottish Borders Produce Ltd.

54,460.70

Sherwood Produce Ltd.

341,310.93

Snaith Salad Growers Ltd.

51,174.80

South Devon Organic Producers Ltd.

71,088.33

South Eastern Produce Ltd.

230,056.72

Springhill Farms (Pershore) Ltd.

380,977.30

Stemgold Peas Ltd.

56,066.87

Suffolk Produce Ltd.

187,665.47

Swaythorpe Growers Ltd.

76,309.13

The Asplins Producer Organisation Ltd.

667,941.55

The Berryworld Producer Organisation Ltd.

1,943,996.51

The Greenpea Company Ltd.

435,486.95

The Organic Mushroom Company Ltd.

395,869.17

United Mushroom Producers Organisation Ltd.

175,662.90

Waveney Mushrooms Ltd.

148,941.28

Well-Pict European Growers Ltd.

-3,705.29

West Fen Peas Ltd.

33,562.52

Wight Salads (Producer Organisation) Ltd.

371,748.65

Wrangle Growers Ltd.

98,928.47

Wye Fruit Ltd.

153,996.64

Total

20,601,687.80

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what expenditure is funded under EU budget line 05 02 08 10, Free Distribution of Fruits and Vegetables; which UK bodies received support under this line in 2008; and whether disbursements have been made from this budget line to (a) political bodies and (b) trades unions. (256137)

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much late payment compensation has been paid under the Single Farm Payment scheme since its establishment; and what guidance his Department provides to farmers on the procedure for claiming such compensation. (259453)

£3.6 million late compensation has been paid under the Single Payment Scheme (SPS) since its establishment to end January 2009.

This has been in the form of interest payments made to farmers who have received their full SPS payment after the 30 June closing date of the regulatory payment window for the 2005, 2006 and 2007 scheme years. The payments have been made under conditions set out by the Secretary of State, which are published on the Rural Payments Agency’s (RPA) website.

For the three scheme years to date, interest is paid at the London Interbank Offered Rate (LIBOR) plus 1 per cent., calculated from 1 July, subject to a minimum interest payment level of £50.

It is not necessary for farmers to claim interest as RPA makes interest payments once each final payment is made to the farmer for that scheme year, including payments made where entitlement adjustments have been completed.