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Common Agricultural Policy: Single Farm Payment

Volume 711: debated on Monday 1 June 2009

Question

Asked by

To ask Her Majesty's Government how many single farm payments are outstanding from 2005 to 2008; and what proportion were settled after the date they were due to be paid. [HL3465]

The payment window for the single payment scheme (SPS) is from 1 December to 30 June of the following calendar year.

The table below gives the number of claims under SPS that remain to be paid for the scheme years 2005, 2006, 2007 and 2008. It also shows the percentage of claims where an initial payment was made after the regulatory payment deadline for the scheme years 2005, 2006 and 2007. The payment window for the 2008 scheme year is still open.

SPS Scheme Year

Number of Claims Outstanding at 13 May 2009

*** % Claims where First Payment was made after 30 June

2005

4*

8.8%

2006

12*

1.2%

2007

63*

0.95%

2008

4,100**

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* These are primarily probate cases and those where payment has been made by the Rural Payments Agency (RPA) and returned by the receiving bank. RPA is working to resolve these issues with the customers involved.

** This figure includes claims that may not be valid for payment once all the necessary checks are completed.

*** This is a percentage of the total number of claims made.