HC Deb 05 May 2000 vol 349 cc252-3W
Mr. Tyler

To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food how decisions made in the National Assembly for Wales, Northern Ireland Assembly and the Scottish Parliament affect his policy on modulation. [118578]

Ms Quin

Under the terms of EU Council Regulation 1259/99, modulation has to be applied consistently throughout a member state. It is therefore incumbent upon all parts of the United Kingdom to agree an approach to this, and that is what we are doing.

With Government's commitment fully to match-fund farmers' contributions up to the levels set out in the England Rural Development Plan, modulation provides the means for securing substantial extra resources for Rural Development.

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