§ Mr. Jopling
To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food how many farmers are in receipt of support in the less favoured areas, split into those in the severely disadvantaged areas and those in the disadvantaged areas; and what is the average amount of support which each receive under each form of support from public funds.
§ Mr. Curry
The information requested in respect of livestock subsidies in the United Kingdom is as follows:
Type of support Number of claimants (thousands) Average payment at 1992 rates SDA DA SDA DA Hill Livestock Compensatory Allowances Scheme 51 16 £2,250 £690 Sheep Annual Premium Scheme 51 £5,900 Suckler Cow Premium Scheme 35 £2,600
The number of claimants does not equate precisely with the number of farmers receiving support because some claims are submitted by groups of farmers. For the sheep annual premium scheme and the suckler cow premium scheme information is available only for the less favoured areas: it is not possible to distinguish between payments made in relation to the severely disadvantaged areas and the disadvantaged areas.