– Scottish Parliament written question – answered on 16th March 2007.

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Photo of Richard Lochhead Richard Lochhead Scottish National Party

Question S2W-32173

To ask the Scottish Executive to what extent Single Farm Payment entitlements are being traded; whether it is aware of any entitlements being purchased by those with interests based outside Scotland and, if so, whether it will provide details.

Photo of Ross Finnie Ross Finnie Liberal Democrat

Since the start of the Single Farm Payment Scheme on 1 January 2005, my department has received 1,687 applications to transfer entitlements. This figure represents 1,252 individual businesses transferring entitlements to 838 individual businesses. The detail of the number and value of entitlements transferred is outlined in the following table:

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Type and Value of Entitlement TransferredTotalFrom 15-05-05

to 2-03-2005

From 3-05-05

to 2-03-2007

Effective for the 2006 SchemeEffective for the 2007 Scheme
A. Number of Set-Aside


a. Value of Set-Aside







B Number of Standard


b Value of Standard







C Number of Other


c. Total Value of Other Entitlements





D Total Number of All

Entitlements Transferred (A+B+C)

d. Total Value of All Entitlements Transferred (a+b+c)







In the context of the Single Farm Payment Scheme, the number of producers transferring entitlements represents 8.3% of all producers holding entitlements and 4.1% of producers holding entitlements acquired at least some of them by transfer. In volume terms, 3.8% of all entitlements have been traded and in value terms, the trading represents 3.0% of the scheme’s annual expenditure.

Of the total number of businesses (838) acquiring entitlements by transfer, 22 have correspondence addresses outside Scotland and one of these is located outside the United Kingdom. All of these are registered as Scottish businesses for the purposes of Environment and Rural Affairs Department support arrangements and are eligible to trade entitlements within Scotland.

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