§ The Earl of Caithness
asked Her Majesty's Government:
What is the estimated cost of administration of payments to farmers for (a) "agricultural" grants and subsidies; and (b) "environmental" grants and subsidies. [HL4426]
§ Lord Whitty
The estimated cost of administration for agricultural grants and subsidies in England by the Rural Payments Agency is £108 million in the 2002–03 financial year. The estimated running costs for the Rural Development Service to operate the England Rural Development Programme, which covers schemes with environmental or wider rural economy objectives, is £39 million in the 2002–03 financial year.