Agriculture: Subsidies

Environment Food and Rural Affairs written question – answered on 12th July 2007.

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Photo of Bill Wiggin Bill Wiggin Shadow Minister (Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when he expects all single farm payments for (a) 2005 and (b) 2006 to be resolved.

Photo of Jonathan R Shaw Jonathan R Shaw Parliamentary Under-Secretary (and Minister for the South East), Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

We cannot give a firm date for when we will make the final payments under the 2005 and 2006 single payment scheme (SPS). The claimants who have yet to receive any payment are the more complex cases, such as those involving probate, which by their nature are more difficult to resolve. As the Secretary of State reported to the House on 2 July, there are also some 20,000 SPS 2005 claims where entitlement values have been identified for review and possible adjustment, upwards or downwards. This may identify a further payment to be made or an overpayment to be recovered. The RPA is now switching resources to deal with these cases.

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