asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food (1) how many farmers in the county of Cumberland have not yet received outstanding payments for grant-aided schemes;
(2) what is the sum of money outstanding to Cumberland farmers due to the delay in payment of statutory subsidies.
On 12th November, there were, in the Carlisle divisional office. 1,284 unsettled claims for grant from Cumberland farmers amounting to £110,250. In many cases inspection of work or livestock is necessary before grant can be paid. I am afraid that it is not practicable to calculate the sums outstanding to Cumberland farmers for subsidies which are paid from headquarters. I am not aware that there is any avoidable or unreasonable delay in making payment.