Single Farm Payment

Environment Food and Rural Affairs written question – answered on 30th March 2006.

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Photo of Alistair Burt Alistair Burt Shadow Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will consider making interest payments in cases where single farm payments are delayed by failure to validate the mapping of farms.

Photo of Jim Knight Jim Knight Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Rural Affairs, Landscape and Biodiversity), Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs) (Rural Affairs, Landscape and Biodiversity)

holding answer 14 March 2006

The issue of compensation does not arise as the EU regulations governing the scheme provide for a payment window that runs until 30 June. It is now March. Farmers have been aware for more than 12 months that payments would not be made before February 2006.

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