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Baroness Hayman: The rules of the Integrated Administration and Control System (IACS) require farmers to provide very detailed information on the use of their land. As part of our commitment to farmers, the Ministry seeks to ensure that the guidance explains the procedures for making an area aid application under IACS in full. Mistakes may lead to the loss of all or part of the farmer's entitlement to subsidy both under the Arable Area Payments Scheme (AAPS) and the various livestock schemes.
We do not currenlty have copies of the IACS guidance available in all other member states. I will write to the noble Lord with copies of the guidance we have been able to obtain. It should be borne in mind that shorter forms and guidance are not necessarily helpful to claimants, since they may not contain all the information needed to complete an application in full.
Baroness Hayman: The structure of the generic liquid milk promotion campaign has yet to be decided by the dairy industry. The Government have, however, already taken action via the Intervention Board to draw the attention of schools to the existence of the EU school milk subsidy scheme, and to simplify its operations.
|Percentage of claims processed within deadlines||99.0%||99.4%|
|Percentage of claims processed correctly||98.5%||98.9%|
|Cumulative running cost efficiency gains||2.5%||5.3%|
|Improvement in index of productivity||4.0%||5.9%|
|Ratio of disallowance to EAGGF funds handled||0.40%||0.03%|
|To maintain expenditure within vote provision, cash and running cost limits||Achieved|
|New value for money savings in procurement of goods and services||7.0%||9.3%|
|Yield: cost ratio of anti-fraud acitivites||3.0:1.0||2.9:1.0|
Pilot work on flood warning awareness has been analysed and brought together to form the basis of the 1999 public awareness campaign which commenced on 18 October and to which my honourable friend, the Parliamentary Secretary (Mr Morley) was pleased to lend his support. The first phase of the campaign focused on raising awareness of flood risk and self help measures to reduce flood damage. Future elements will repeat and reinforce these basic messages and introduce new and additional information to improve public understanding.
The results of a review of the agency's internal management have been translated into a project plan which will see the core flood defence roles and responsibilities harmonised across the agency by the end of December 1999, with full implementation by April 2000.
The agency continues to work with local authorities in inspecting and recording the condition of all flood defences. Details of defences owned and/or operated by the agency and local authorities are being collated. However, one area of uncertainty is the inspection of flood defences owned and/or operated by third parties. The question of how to identify such defences, and the scale of the inspection exercise that will be required, is currently being considered by the agency in partnership with other operating authorities.
The texts of the bilateral concordat and the subject-specific fisheries concordat have been placed in the Library of the House and are available on the Internet at www.maff.gov.uk/aboutmaf/devolve/devolve.htm. The Scottish Executive is placing copies in the library of the Scottish Parliament.
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