Written Answers. - EU Funds.

Joe Costello

Question:

610 Mr. Costello asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and Forestry the amount of EU funds paid to farmers in each of the four provinces in each of the years from 1991 to 1996; and the categories under which such payments were made. [16150/96]

The amount of EU funds paid to farmers from 1991 to 1996 and the schemes in respect of which these payments were made are shown in the following table. The payment data for 1996 shown is in respect of the period to 31 August. Information sought on payments in each of the four provinces is not readily available and it would require an undue effort to extract detailed data now when every effort is being made in my Department to expedite payments to farmers.

EU guarantee payments to farmers from 1991 to 1996 broken down by category of payment.

Category

1991

1992

1993

1994

1995

1996*

£m

£m

£m

£m

£m

£m

Beef Premia (100% EU financed)

75.708

117.723

119.045

276.011

356.861

214.312

Sheep Premia (100% EU financed)

122.533

114.327

128.528

117.278

107.972

91.100

Arable Aid (100% EU financed)

47.907

65.977

83.862

0.985

CAP Reform Accompanying Measures (75% EU contribution shown here)

0.813

27.072

76.643

58.091

* To 31 August 1996.
EU co-financed payments to farmers in respect of Structural Funds from 1991 to 1996 broken down by category of payment. The average percentage of EU co-financing was 60 per cent.

Category

1991

1992

1993

1994

1995

1996*

£m

£m

£m

£m

£m

£m

On Farm Capital Investment

59.642

46.224

31.159

31.984

50.125

34.868

General Structural Improvement

0.093

0.099

0.306

2.668

9.341

7.147

Farm Diversification

1.849

11.592

8.540

4.892

1.956

3.355

Compensatory Allowances (Headage)

82.600

118.152

81.639

124.441

107.930

11.392

Forestry

5.177

4.881

1.480

1.149

1.639

1.475

Miscellaneous

0.011

0.006

0.003

* To 31st August 1996.