§ Mr. Martyn Jones
To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food what is the mean, median and standard deviation for the length of time between receiving a claim and the payment of a claim for each agricultural grant handled by his Department. 
§ Mr. Jack
The information requested could be provided only at disproportionate cost. Targets for the payment of claims for grants and subsidies are set out in the Ministry's regional customer service standard "Commitment to Service". A revised edition was published in January 1995. For details of performance against targets, I refer the hon. Member to the reply given to my hon. Friend the Member for Havant (Mr. Willetts) on 20 July 1994,Official Report, column 356.
Similar details on performance for 1994–95 will be announced later this year. I should emphasise that for many schemes Community rules prescribe dates for submission of applications and payment of eligible claims. These vary between individual schemes.