§ Mr. Jonathan Evans
To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what representations he has received concerning the arable support scheme for Wales.
§ Mr. David Hunt
I have received a number of representations concerning the arable support scheme. The rates (converted using the green rate applicable on 22 September 1992) payable in Wales for the main scheme in 1993–94 are:
Notional compensation Payment per hectare ECU per tonne ECU £ Cereals1 (including sweetcorn) 25 116.25 95.20 Oilseeds 152 477.65 391.15 Proteins (including vining peas) 65 302.25 247.51 Set-aside 45 209.25 171.35 1 Producers in the simplified scheme (less than 19.78 ha in production) willl receive the cereals rate for all crops grown.
I have made it clear in my discussions with the farming unions in Wales that this is for one year only and I have asked my Department, in consultation with industry representatives, to examine the available data in order to decide whether for future years a different regionalisation plan might be more appropriate.