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Food Supply

Volume 506: debated on Monday 22 February 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what funding his Department has provided to local food chain initiatives in the last 12 months; and which such initiatives received that funding.

[Official Report, 9 February 2010, Vol. 505, c. 829W.]

Letter of correction from Mr. Jim Fitzpatrick:

Errors have been identified in the table and first and second paragraphs of my written answer to the hon. Member for Stroud (Mr. Drew) on 9 February 2010. The RDPE spend cited for the Yorkshire and Humber regional development agency was incorrect. The correct table should have been:

RDA

RDPE spend (£)

North East RDA

2,656,337

Advantage West Midlands

583,228

East Midlands

648,847

South West RDA

2,850,000

North West RDA

1,776,242

South East RDA

2,590,536

East England DA

301,476

Yorkshire and Humber

4,457,098

Total

15,863,764

The first paragraph was as follows:

During the past 12 months (from 4 February 2009) £11,806,666 has been committed under the Rural Development Programme for England (RDPE) to support local food chain initiatives. This funding is administered by the Regional Development Agencies (RDAs) and the breakdown of spend by region is as follows:

The correct paragraph should have been:

During the past 12 months (from 4 February 2009) £15,863,764 has been committed under the Rural Development Programme for England (RDPE) to support local food chain initiatives. This funding is administered by the Regional Development Agencies (RDAs) and the breakdown of spend by region is as follows:

The second paragraph was as follows:

In the same period, RDA's have also provided £4,385,078 from their single pot to support local food chain initiatives, to which DEFRA makes a contribution. The RDPE and single pot money is supporting a range of initiatives including the funding of delivery organisations in the region, support for individual food producers and retail outlets, food hubs and farmers' markets.

The correct paragraph should have been:

In the same period, RDA's have also provided £5,710,071 from their single pot, to which DEFRA makes a contribution. The RDPE and single pot money is supporting a range of initiatives including the funding of delivery organisations in the region, support for individual food producers and retail outlets, food hubs and farmers' markets. (315961)