§ Mr. Ron Davies
To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food how many farmers in England are currently eligible for ewe annual premium payments; how many claims for payment have been received; how many have been paid; and when any outstanding claims will be paid.
§ Mr. Jack
I have no figures regarding the number of sheep farmers who are eligible to apply. some 42,700312W claims have been received under the 1993 scheme and about 29,600 have been paid the first and second advances and less-favoured area supplement where appropriate. Outstanding eligible claims will be paid as soon as possible.