§ Mr. Charles Kennedy
To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what percentage of payments due in December 1997 to farmers(a) were paid late and (b) have not been paid to date; and if he will make a statement. 
§ Mr. Macdonald
Under the Arable Area Payments Scheme in Scotland 98.6 per cent. of applicants received payments due by 31 December 1997 (representing 98 per cent. by value). As at 1 June 0.05 per cent. of applicants are yet to receive payments (representing 0.05 per cent. by value).