§ Joan Ruddock
To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food what the total spending by his Department in support of organic farming will be in 2000–01, 2001–02 and 2002–03. 
§ Mr. Morley
[holding answer 28 July 2000]: In respect of organic conversion aid to farmers, we have set aside £12 million for 2000–01, £18 million for 2001–02 and £20 million for 2002–03. The budget for research and development in the organic sector is £2.1 million for each of the three years.