Common Agriculture Policy (CAP)

 

Background

The Committee agreed on the 5 October, as part of their work programme to receive regular updates from the Cabinet Secretary for the Rural Economy and Connectivity on Common Agriculture Policy (CAP).

The EU Common Agricultural Policy has two pillars. Pillar 1 provides direct payments to farmers and is fully funded by the EU. Pillar 2 supports rural development, is jointly funded by the EU, national governments and transfers from Pillar 1.

The Cabinet Secretary appeared in front of the Committee to discuss CAP policy and performance issues on 21 September 2016 following a statement in the chamber on 13 September.

In addition he answered questions on the financial aspects of CAP during scrutiny of the draft budget 2017-18 on 21 December 2016.

The Cabinet Secertary came before the Committee again to update it on CAP issues on 25 January 2017 and 10 May 2017.

The Committee invited the Cabinet Secretary on 28 June 2017 to give a final update on CAP Payments as the deadline for payments was the end of June.

A futher session with the Cabinet Secretary took place on 27 September to update the Committee

Correspondence

In follow up to the sessions with additional information related to CAP was received from the Cabinet Secretary:

Letter from the Cabinet Secretary for Rural Economy and Connectivity to the Committee regarding is responses to follow up questions from his appearance before the Committee on 21 September 2016, 25 October 2016 (35KB pdf)

A further letter from the Cabinet Secretary for Rural Economy and Connectivity to the Committee regarding is responses to follow up questions from his appearance before the Committee on 21 September 2016, 25 November 2016 (189KB pdf)

Letter from the Cabinet Secretary for Rural Economy and Connectivity to the Committee regarding is responses to follow up questions from his appearance before the Committee on 21 December 2016, 30 December 2016 (94KB pdf)

Letter from the Cabinet Secretary for Rural Economy and Connectivity to the Committee regarding his responses to follow up questions from his appearance before the Committee on 25 January 2017, 1 March 2017 (402KB pdf)

Letter from the Cabinet Secretary for Rural Economy and Connectivity to the Committee regarding his responses to follow up questions from his appearance before the Committee on 10 May 2017, 7 June 2017 (168KB pdf)

Letter from the Cabinet Secretary for Rural Economy and Connectivity to the Committee regarding is responses to follow up questions from his appearance before the Committee on 28 June 2017, 21 July 2017 (141KB pdf)

Letter from the Cabinet Secretary for Rural Economy and Connectivity to the Committee regarding his responses to follow up questions from his appearance before the Committee on 27 September 2017, 16 October 2017 (174KB pdf)

 Other correspondence received in relation to CAP -

Weekly CAP Payments Update

The Committee receive weekly updates of the CAP 2016 Payments from the Scottish Government -

Work by Other Committees

Public Audit and Post Legislative Scrutiny Committee has also been conducting scrutiny of the CAP IT system. Further information is available on the Committee’s website.

See joint correspondence below -