§ Mr. Charles Kennedy
To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what percentage of payments due to farmers in December 1997(a) have not been paid to date and (b) were paid late; and if he will make a statement. 
§ Mr. Win Griffiths
Under the Arable Area Payments Scheme in Wales, 78.3 per cent. of applicants received payments due by 31 December 1997 representing 67.0 per cent. by value. As at 1 June, 0.4 per cent. of applicants are yet to receive payments, representing 0.2 per cent. by value.