asked Her Majesty's Government:
What discussions they have had with the European Commission concerning any proposed fine arising from the allegations of mismanagement of the single farm payment scheme; and what is the likely level of any proposed fine. [HL3249]
The Government are in regular contact with the European Commission regarding the administration of the single payment scheme (SPS). The European Commission’s audit of the 2005 SPS in England is ongoing and it is too early to draw any firm conclusions. No proposals have been made to date for financial corrections and, should the Commission make any in due course, the Government will continue to defend the UK’s interests with the aim of ensuring that any corrections are minimised to the fullest possible degree.