Agriculture: Subsidies

Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs written question – answered on 4th May 2016.

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Photo of Sue Hayman Sue Hayman Opposition Whip (Commons)

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps she is taking to ensure that the Rural Payments Agency learns the lessons of the introduction of the Basic Payment Scheme.

Photo of George Eustice George Eustice The Minister of State, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

The Rural Payments Agency has learnt a number of lessons following the introduction of the Basic Payment Scheme in 2015, in particular, allowing farmers and their agents the opportunity to apply online and on paper for 2016. In addition the online application process has been simplified for 2016.

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