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Mr. Swayne: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what targets exist for the Rural Payments Agency in respect of the deadlines within which payments must be made; and what (a) numbers and (b) amounts of payments have (i) been within the target and (ii) failed to meet it in the last 24 months. 
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|Value of 2001scheme year payments made within target (#)||1,056,435,921|
|Made outside target (#)||146,908,512|
|Number of 2001 scheme year claims made within target||223,401|
|Number outside target||96,128|
The payment window for SAPS opened on 16 October 2002 and closes on 31 March 2003. As at 16 December, a total of 26,843 (99.2 per cent.) of Premium and National Envelope top-up payments have been made, of which 97 per cent. were issued in the first few days of the opening of the payment window. In addition, 8,327 producers (98.3 per cent. of those qualifying for the Less Favoured Area Supplement) have now received the supplementary payment amounting to #13.6 million.
The payment window for AAPS opened on the 16 November 2002. As at 15 December, of the 41,345 AAPS claims received for the main scheme payments (excluding rejected and withdrawn), 37,597 (90.93 per cent.) had been authorised and 36,746 claims (88.88 per cent.) had been paid, with a value of #757,549,518.00 (85.69 per cent. of the estimated total to be paid). The target date is set at 31 January 2003.Progress is being made on Bovine Payments but the deadline is 30 June 2003.
|Value-of 200102 payments made within ministerial target (#)||375,411,587|
|made inside 60-day target (#)||415,478,423|
|Value of 200203 payments made within ministerial target (#)||300,944,770|
|made inside 60-day target (#)||302,184,748|
|Number of 200102 claims made within ministerial target||774,860 (85.23 per cent.)(2)|
|number inside 60-day target||909,051 (99.99 per cent.)|
|Number of 200203 claims made within ministerial target||641,563 (99.42 per cent.)|
|number inside 60-day target||645,252 (99.99 per cent.)|
(2) The targets were missed because of prioritisation of resources to FMD related schemes including Livestock Welfare Disposal Scheme.
Mr. Dobson: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether her Department knew that drinks and entertainment organisations were clients of MCM Research Ltd. when it was commissioned by her Department to advise on proposed changes in the arrangements for alcohol and entertainment licensing. 
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Alun Michael: The research MCM is carrying out on behalf of Defra is to assist with the provision of best practice guidance for addressing potential noise from pubs and clubs. It is not to comment on proposed changes in the arrangements for alcohol and entertainment licensing. The intention is to support local authorities and the licensing trade both when working under the current licensing rules and in implementing changes under the arrangements currently proposed within the Licensing Bill.
All applicants to the competitive tender for this research project were asked to give details of their relevant experience in this area. A number of drinks and entertainment organisations have been clients of MCM Research Ltd. as a result of its specialisation in the application of social science to alcohol-related problems. MCM Research Ltd. was appointed partly as a result of their knowledge and experience of the licensed trade.
Mr. David Lidington: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will publish an analysis of how modulation receipts for (a) 200102 and (b) 200203, (i) have been and (ii) are planned to be spent, showing the main categories of expenditure and the amounts of money spent on each such category. 
|Scheme||200102||200203 (April to November 2002)||2002/03 (forecast total)|
|Environmentally sensitive areas||1.3||3.5||7.6|
Modulation receipts are used to fund new agri-environment agreements entered into since 1 January 2001; for every pound contributed through modulation, the Government provide a pound of additional finance through match funding so that double the figure raised goes back into farming. Expenditure funded from modulation will rise significantly from next year as existing agri-environment agreements come up for renewal at the end of their first ten year period.
Mr. Lidington: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the total sum was of modulation receipts, in financial years (a) 200102 and (b) 200203 to date; what the expected sum is of such receipts for the full financial year 200203; and if she will make a statement. 
Margaret Beckett: Modulation was introduced in 2001 at 2.5 per cent. following wide consultation. The current rate of modulation is 3 per cent. and, under existing plans, this will rise progressively to 4.5 per cent. by 2005.
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Under the present system the Government match pound for pound the finance available through modulation so twice as much money goes back into farming. Modulation receipts and the Government's match-funding will increase funding for rural development under the England Rural Development Programme (ERDP) by around #600 million over the seven years from 2000 to 2006.
(3) April to November 2002
(4) Forecast total
The Rural Development Regulation (Reg. 1257/99) enables member states to modulate CAP direct subsidy payments by up to 20 per cent. and to use the sums collected to co-finance new agri-environment agreements entered into since 1 January 2001. Sums collected in one year may be carried over to be used at any time in the following three years.
Following the recommendations of the Curry Commission on the Future of Farming and Food the Government have also announced that an additional #75 million of domestic funding will be made available to introduce an entry-level agri-environment scheme, subject to successful pilots. EU co-financing will be made available either through an increase in modulation or as a result of wider changes to EU rural development funding.
Mr. Lidington: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the cost was of administering modulation in 200102; what the expected administrative cost is for 200304; if she will express those sums as a percentage of actual and expected modulation receipts; and if she will make a statement. 
Margaret Beckett: The system for administering all CAP payments in England is fully automated. There are no significant additional administrative costs incurred in either collecting modulation receipts or in making payments using those receipts.
The funds raised by modulation may be spent only on a limited range of rural development measures (in England, only new agri-environment agreements). Modulation receipts may not be used to cover the administrative costs of running the England Rural Development Programme.
Mr. Sayeed: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether her Department has undertaken a life cycle analysis to compare the environmental impact of re-usable nappies and disposable nappies. 
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Mr. Cousins: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the grant for (a) 200203 and (b) 200304 to each national park authority is; and what the percentage grant uplift to each park authority is. 
Alun Michael: The information requested is provided in the following table. The differences in the percentage increase reflect a number of different pressures on individual National Park Authorities and on effort to achieve a fair distribution of the available resources:
|Authority||200203||200304||Cash rise (Percentage)|
|North York Moors||4,224,936||4,477,842||6.0|
(5) Includes #0.5 million for new accommodation. This was announced in a press notice on 28 November 2002.
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