HC Deb 05 April 2001 vol 366 c286W
Mrs. Anne Campbell

To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food what plans he has to increase the proportion of Common Agricultural Policy expenditure devoted to rural development. [155699]

Ms Quin

The Government are committed to further expansion of rural development measures: the "second pillar" of the CAP. In England some £1.6 billion is being injected into rural areas over seven years. In practice, this means increasing spending from 1999 levels by about 60 per cent. over the period. £300 million of this will be money redirected, or "modulated", from direct support mechanisms. The Government are supplementing this modulated money with a further £300 million. At Community level, we will continue to press for a greater share of EU funding from the second pillar.