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EU: Rural Development

Volume 710: debated on Thursday 7 May 2009

Questions

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To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answer by Lord Hunt of Kings Heath on 30 March (WA 184-85), how support for rural development has been calculated across European Union countries. [HL3164]

To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answer by Lord Hunt of Kings Heath on 30 March (WA 184-85) on the annual allocations of European Union rural development support to member states, why Belgium's support for 2013 will be 95.6 per cent of that for 2012. [HL3183]

To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answer by Lord Hunt of Kings Heath on 30 March (WA 184-85) on the annual allocations of European Union rural development support to member states, why the Czech Republic has had falls for two years followed by increases. [HL3184]

To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answer by Lord Hunt of Kings Heath on 30 March (WA 184-85) on the annual allocations of European Union rural development support to member states, why Spain had a fourfold increase from 2007 to 2008. [HL3185]

To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answer by Lord Hunt of Kings Heath on 30 March (WA 184-85) on the annual allocations of European Union rural development support to member states, why the United Kingdom's support doubled from 2007 to 2008. [HL3186]

To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answer by Lord Hunt of Kings Heath on 30 March (WA 184-85) on the annual allocations of European Union rural development support to member states, why Slovenia's support decreases each year with support in 2013 being 95.1 per cent of that in 2012. [HL3187]

To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answer by Lord Hunt of Kings Heath on 30 March (WA 184-85) on the annual allocations of European Union rural development support to member states, why Slovakia's support declines until 2011, rises thereafter, and rises by 15.4 per cent from 2012 to 2013. [HL3188]

Support for rural development is set out in a Commission decision and the details of the calculation are a matter for the Commission, taking account of conclusions from the Council. My Answer of 30 March (WA 184-85) set out how the calculations are constructed.

Factors that can affect the funding profile for member states include the changing status of convergence regions, changes to rates of voluntary and compulsory modulation and ad hoc changes to budgetary allocations (an example of this is the Spanish allocation as set out below).

In the case of the United Kingdom, the doubling of the allocation from 2007 to 2008 is due to the inclusion of voluntary modulation from 2008. Prior to this, voluntary modulation was not included in the UK allocation details.

For Spain, the reason there is a fourfold increase from 2007 to 2008 is that a number of the Spanish regional programmes (Andalucia, Aragon, the Balearics, Asturias, Comunidad Valenciana, Rioja and the Canary Islands) were approved in 2008 not 2007. Approval was given for the 2007 allocations to be transferred to 2008.

For Belgium, the declining profile is due to the reduction in convergence funding. The Belgium region of Hainault is a convergence phasing-out region.

I do not have detailed information on the budget profiles for Slovakia, Slovenia and the Czech Republic.