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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5W-00660: Tavish Scott (Shetland Islands)

Scottish Liberal Democrats

Date lodged: 9 June 2016

To ask the Scottish Government for what reason payments under the Scottish Upland Sheep Support Scheme have been delayed.

Answered by: Fergus Ewing 22 June 2016

The Rural Payments and Inspections Division is working to validate the 1,400 applications received for around 118,000 animals claimed. As part of European Commission regulations, animals must be validated against the electronic records held by SCOT-EID (the animal identification database). As this work currently underway and not yet complete, I am not able to give an exact date when payments will be made but every effort is being made to make these payments as soon as possible.