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Farming

Environment Food and Rural Affairs written question – answered on 13th May 2002.

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Photo of Alan Simpson Alan Simpson Labour, Nottingham South

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what payments were made in each of the last five years broken down by (a) scheme, (b) county and (c) farm size, for (i) the countryside stewardship scheme, (ii) arable stewardship (up to 2000), (iii) the energy crops scheme, (iv) the environmentally sensitive areas, (v) the farm woodland premium scheme, (vi) the hill farm allowance scheme, (vii) the organic farming scheme, (viii) the woodland grant scheme, (ix) the processing and marketing grant, (x) the rural enterprise scheme and (xi) the vocational training scheme.

Photo of Alun Michael Alun Michael Minister of State (Rural Affairs), Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

The following table shows expenditure on the England Rural Development Programme schemes for the last five years. A further breakdown by county or farm size is not readily available.

Payments by scheme for five years—England -- £000
1997 1998 1999 2000 2001
Countryside stewardship 15,708 19,896 23,359 28,890 47,326
Arable stewardship 470 863 1,500
Energy crops scheme 234
Environmentally sensitive areas 28,600 37,600 39,500 40,900 48,300
Farm woodland premium 4,700 5,400 5,900 6,000 7,500
Hill farm allowance 42,346
Organic farming scheme 700 1,200 2,300 15,400 26,600
Woodland grant scheme 15,723 18,151 18,416 16,957 16,590
Processing and marketing grant 237
Rural enterprise scheme 573
Vocational training scheme 332

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