CAP subsidy information to be disclosed

A list detailing every farmer’s annual single farm payment will be published by the Scottish Executive to comply with the Scottish freedom of information legislation.

Announcing the move, Ross Finnie, the rural development minister, told the environment and rural development parliarmentary committee yesterday: "The Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act increases the openness and accountability of public administration. People have a right to find out how their taxes are spent. The new method of CAP support provides public funds in return for farmers meeting environmental and agricultural standards and I believe it is right that people should know how this money is spent."

Farmers face disclosure of CAP subsidies (The Scotsman 12 January 2005)