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Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 12:17 pm on 29th March 2007.

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Photo of Owen Paterson Owen Paterson Shadow Minister (Transport) 12:17 pm, 29th March 2007

I still have constituents who have not been paid their single farm payment for 2005. The Leader of the House underestimates the spectacular language in, and the importance of, the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee report. Paragraph 3 says:

"This was a catastrophe for some farmers, and a serious and embarrassing failure for Defra and the RPA. A key part of the Government's sustainable farming policy was in collapse."

The majority of Committee members were Government Members, and the report was passed unanimously. The right hon. Gentleman's replies are not good enough. We need to debate the subject on the Floor of the House, with Ministers present, in Government time. Fobbing us off with estimates days is just not good enough.