HC Deb 17 December 2001 vol 377 cc124-5W
Mr. Moore

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will make additional financial assistance available to UK sheep farmers. [19249]

Mr. Morley

Community Regulations provide for direct support to sheep farmers through the sheep annual premium. Rates of premium are determined each year by the European Commission and are based on the difference between the EU basic price for sheepmeat and the annual average price for sheepmeat on the EU market. There is no provision in the EU sheepmeat regime for additional financial assistance to be made by member states.

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