HC Deb 20 March 1987 vol 112 c658W
Mr. John David Taylor

asked the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many calf subsidy payments are still outstanding for calves which were punched in September, October and November 1986; to what factors he attributes such delays; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Viggers

Only 71 out of a total of 16,437 claims submitted under the calf premium scheme in the autumn 1986 period are still outstanding. These claims required further investigation. Computer programming difficulties and a shortage of funds prior to 31 December 1986, the end of the EC financial year, contributed to delays.

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