HC Deb 31 March 2004 vol 419 cc1474-5W
Mr. Evans

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many and what value of payments(a) have been made and (b) remain unpaid by the Rural Payments Agency to farmers in the North West, broken down by county. [156494]

Alun Michael

The following table shows the number and total value of claims paid to farmers in the North West broken down by county. These figures represent the European Agriculture Guidance and Guarantee Fund 2003 accounting year which runs from 16 October 2002 to 15 October 2003.

The figures for the number and value of unpaid payments could only be provided at disproportionate cost.

County1 Number of claims paid Total amount
Cheshire 2,110 16,210,308.85
Cumbria 4,852 72,822,877.45
Greater Manchester 560 4,320,959.33
Lancashire 2,639 23,156,928.16
Merseyside 188 2,762,820.68
Total 10,349 119,273,894.47
1The county split is in line with NUTS 2 (Nomenclature of Territorial Units for Statistics)regional analysis.