§ Mr. Wigley
To ask the Secretary of State for Wales how many farmers in Wales were entitled to receive sheep premium grants; how many claims, and what percentage of the total number of entitled farmers, were settled by(a) 30 April, (b) 15 May and (c) 31 May.
§ Mr. Redwood
Some 17,410 eligible claims were received in 1993. The number and percentage of claims settled is as follows:
By 30 April By 15 May By 31 May Advance Payment 15,877 16,064 16,113 Percentage 91.2 92.3 92.6 Final Payment Nil Nil 11,443 Percentage — — 65.6
As at 8 June 14,422-82.8 per cent.—of final payments had been sent to farmers.