HC Deb 27 January 1998 vol 305 cc210-1W
Mr. Kirkwood

To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food if he will list the levels of green pound compensation claimed for production of (i) beef, (ii) cereals, (iii) milk and (iv) sugar by each of the other EU states, showing what percentage is nationally funded and indicating where appropriate which payments are subject to the Fontainebleau mechanism. [25241]

Mr. Rooker

[holding answer 26 January 1998]: Full figures are available for notifications made up to 1 July 1997. At this date, agrimonetary compensation notified by each of the other EU Member States was as follows:

MECU Beef Cereals Milk Sugar National funding (per cent.)
Belgium 15.1 3.2 16.8 4.1 34
Luxembourg 1.8 0.6 2.8 50
Netherlands 18.3 3.1 52.5 5.3 Nil
Austria 12.9 16.8 1.5 Nil
Ireland 39.1 4.8 39.6 1.9 Nil
Sweden 6.5 6.3 19.1 2.2 Nil

Germany and Denmark both paid aid for general measures beneficial to the agricultural industry.

The Fontainebleau mechanism affects the UK's contribution to the EU budget and will therefore reduce the UK's share of the cost of these measures.