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Section E – Written questions lodged on 19 April 2005

Questions marked with a triangle (Δ) are initiated by the Scottish Executive in order to facilitate the provision of information to the Parliament.

S2W-16078 Richard Lochhead: To ask the Scottish Executive whether any changes to the EU agricultural subsidies appeals procedure are planned and, if so, whether it will provide details and the likely timescale for such changes.

S2W-16079 Richard Lochhead: To ask the Scottish Executive how many appeals were (a) lodged with the EU agricultural subsidies appeals procedure in each year since it was adopted and (b) successful in each year following the (i) internal and (ii) external review, expressed also as a percentage of the total number of appeals.

S2W-16080 Richard Lochhead: To ask the Scottish Executive whether any analysis into appeals lodged through the agricultural subsidies appeals procedure has been carried out and, if so, what the findings were.

S2W-16081 Richard Lochhead: To ask the Scottish Executive whether any economic impact assessment of the impact of rising fuel costs on the agriculture sector has been carried out, or is under way, and, if so, whether it will provide details of the findings.

S2W-16082 Richard Lochhead: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps are being taken to ensure that its Environment and Rural Affairs Department’s information systems are compatible with those of the British Cattle Movement Service.

S2W-16083 Mr Brian Monteith: To ask the Scottish Executive when it expects horse passport regulations to be brought before the Parliament for consideration.

S2W-16084 Mr Adam Ingram: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to S2W-15405 by Nicol Stephen on 18 April 2005, who has been commissioned to carry out the study of transport issues in and around Maybole; what the group’s remit is; what the duration of the study will be, and on what date the group is expected to report back.

S2W-16085 Mrs Nanette Milne: To ask the Scottish Executive how many appeals have been made by farmers under the EU agricultural subsidies appeals procedure and, of these, how many have been successful in each year since 1999.

S2W-16086 Mrs Nanette Milne: To ask the Scottish Executive what assessment it has made of how effectively the EU agricultural subsidies appeals procedure is operating and what plans it has to improve these procedures.

S2W-16087 Mrs Nanette Milne: To ask the Scottish Executive what assessment it has made of satisfaction with the EU agricultural subsidies appeals procedure on the part of (a) individuals who have gone through the appeals process and (b) the general farming community.

S2W-16088 Mrs Nanette Milne: To ask the Scottish Executive what efforts it has made to ensure that membership of the EU Agricultural Subsidies Appeals Panel is as independent as possible and what plans it has to further increase the independence of the panel.

S2W-16089 Mrs Nanette Milne: To ask the Scottish Executive how many applications have been made to the single farm payment national reserve and when these applications will be processed.

S2W-16090 Mrs Nanette Milne: To ask the Scottish Executive what discussions it has had with NFU Scotland and other relevant organisations regarding any concerns of farmers who take on new land that would not entitle them to subsidy under the single farm payment arrangements.

S2W-16091 Mrs Nanette Milne: To ask the Scottish Executive what discussions it has had with NFU Scotland and other relevant organisations regarding any concerns of farmers about the administration and complexity of the single farm payment national reserve application process.

S2W-16092 Mrs Nanette Milne: To ask the Scottish Executive what progress is being made in implementing the national beef envelope and what its response is to any concerns by farmers that claims under the scheme have not been processed timeously, that deadlines for applications have been altered and that the regulations are too complex.



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