Joint Committee on Statutory Instruments Thirtieth Report


Memorandum by the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food


  1. This Memorandum is submitted to the Joint Committee on Statutory Instruments in response to their letter of 27th October 1999 in which they asked for an explanation of the following point:

  "For the purpose of assessing productive capacity in the case of land not subject to area payments, notes (7)—(12) to column 3 of the Schedule require deductions (differing in amount from £240 to £467) from the net annual income in respect of units of production used for farming various arable crops. Explain the basis for the calculations producing these different amounts."

  2. The amounts referred to at notes (7) to (12) to column 3 are estimates of the arable area payments appropriate to each crop. The rates of arable area payments differ between crops. For example, in England, the basic rates range from 320 euro per hectare for cereals to 619 euro per hectare for linseed. Different rates also apply in England and in the LFA and non LFA areas in Wales.

  3. The amounts at notes (7) to (12) to column 3 are calculated by taking account of crop areas in each of the three arable area payment rate regions of England and Wales. Wales figures are included because one set of figures are prepared and these are used for the Order in England and also the Order in Wales.

1 November 1999

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