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Agriculture: Subsidies

Environment Food and Rural Affairs written question – answered on 10th January 2008.

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Photo of James Paice James Paice Shadow Minister (Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment he has made of England's comparative performance against (a) other EU member states, (b) Wales and (c) Scotland in making payments under the 2007 single payment scheme.

Photo of Jonathan R Shaw Jonathan R Shaw Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Marine, Landscape and Rural Affairs) and Minister for the South East), Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

We have relatively little data at this stage on 2007 SPS payments made by other EU member states. However, all parts of the UK have either met or are on course to meet their targets. This includes England, where figures published by RPA for the end of December showed that full SPS payments amounting to over £497 million had been made to nearly 50,000 claimants. With payments having been initiated a month earlier than for the last scheme year, the Agency is currently on track to meet its targets for 2007 SPS of making 75 per cent. of the total value of payments by the end of March 2008 and 90 per cent. by the end of May 2008.

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