HC Deb 08 June 1995 vol 261 c312W
Ms Glenda Jackson

To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food what is the amount of subsidy provided per sheep by(a) the British Government and (b) the European Union. [26905]

Mr. Jack

Payments under the 1994 sheep annual premium scheme were fixed at £16.96 per eligible ewe, with an additional supplement of £5.24 per ewe payable to producers in the less-favoured areas. Rates have not yet been fixed for 1995. The scheme is fully funded by the European Union.

Hill livestock compensatory allowances are also payable on sheep in the LFAs. In severely disadvantaged areas, allowances under the 1995 scheme are paid at the rate of £5.75 per specially qualified ewe and £3.00 per qualified ewe. In disadvantaged areas, allowances are paid at the rate of £2.44 per qualified ewe. Up to 25 per cent. of expenditure under this scheme is reimbursable by the European Union.