§ Mr. Paterson
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the estimated value is of payments due from the European Commission in respect of expenditures incurred and payments made by her Department, for which no claim has yet been made. 
§ Alun Michael
The payments due from the European Commission for expenditures incurred as at December 2003 are £235,575,256.02.
The Rural Payments Agency's (RPA) December 2003 claim was lodged with the Commission on 9 January 2004 for reimbursement at the beginning of February 2004.
The payments made by the RPA as at January 2004 for which no claim has yet been made are £184,382,364.07.
The January 2004 claim is due to be lodged with the Commission on 10 February 2004 for reimbursement to the RPA at the beginning of March 2004.