HC Deb 29 February 2000 vol 345 c245W
Mr. Don Foster

To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food if he will list the initiatives launched by his Department since May 1997 under which specific grants are allocated, indicating in each case and for each financial year the funding provided by central Government. [109317]

Mr. Morley

[holding answer 10 February 2000]: The initiatives launched by this Department since May 1997 under which specific grants are allocated are given in the table:

£ million
Year/Initiative Funding
1999–2000 Organic Farming Scheme 11.35
2000–01 Agricultural Development Scheme 2.00

In addition to the above, in December 1999, the Government announced their intended expenditure under the England Rural Development Plan for the period 2000 to 2006, which includes the Organic Farming scheme. For details of the planned expenditure I refer the hon. Member to the replies given to the hon. Member for South Suffolk (Mr. Yeo) on 16 December 1999, Official Report, columns 284–85W; and to the hon. Member for South-East Cambridgeshire (Mr. Paice) on 20 December 1999, Official Report, column 442W.