Common Agricultural Policy: Single Farm Payment

House of Lords written question – answered on 20th July 2007.

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Photo of Lord Stoddart of Swindon Lord Stoddart of Swindon Independent Labour

asked Her Majesty's Government:

Further to the Written Answer by Lord Rooker on 24 April (WA 126), what is the current state of their discussions with the European Commission concerning any financial corrections in relation to the single farm payment scheme.

Photo of Lord Rooker Lord Rooker Minister of State, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, Minister of State (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs) (Sustainable Farming, Food and Animal Welfare)

The position remains as in the earlier answer referred to except that the Commission has subsequently indicated that it will impose financial corrections amounting to some £50 million in relation to 2005 single payment scheme payments made between the end of the regulatory payment window on 30 June 2006 and 30 March 2007.

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Bruce Shaxson
Posted on 23 Jul 2007 3:52 pm (Report this annotation)

Unfortunately the answer to the question simply confirmed the inability of the single payments scheme
to be implemented as originally intended, and continues
to make a mockery of the EU's good intentions at the expense of the British farmer. If ever there was an example of extensive mismanagement by a responsible body of politicians this is it; and there is simply no recourse to proper financial responsibility and fair treatment towards the British Agricultural industry, which must continue to pay the price for EU officialdoms incompetence. So much for politicians both sides of the English Channel.
Bruce Shaxson.