HC Deb 11 July 2002 vol 388 c1121W
Mr. Gordon Prentice

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment. Food and Rural Affairs what steps she is taking to reduce the complexity of forms that have to be filled in by farmers. [67556]

Mr. Morley

Many of the forms farmers are required to complete relate to CAP support schemes. These forms are reviewed each year for need and content.

The Bovine Scheme Literature Project is currently reviewing the three major bovine schemes, Suckler Cow Premium Scheme (SCPS), Slaughter Premium Scheme (SPS) and Beef Special Premium Scheme (BSPS), with a view to producing a single form and set of scheme literature, thus reducing the time farmers spend on form filling.

Wherever possible, forms are pre-printed with information we already hold.

The Department is currently considering its overall approach to reviewing forms.

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