- 11 Jun 2018
FOI reference: FOI/18/01467
Date received: 25 May 2018
Date responded: 7 June 2018
1. Total number of Common Grazing Committees which have been granted Business Reference Numbers (BRN).
2. The total number of Common Grazing Committees which have had IACS applications validated as approved in the years 2016, 2017 and as at today's date for 2018.
3. The total combined value of payments made under the various schemes to those common grazing committees granted business reference Numbers
As the information you have requested is 'environmental information' for the purposes of the Environmental Information (Scotland) Regulations 2004 (EIRs), we are required to deal with your request under those Regulations. We are applying the exemption at section 39(2) of the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002 (FOISA), so that we do not also have to deal with your request under FOISA.
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Total number of Common Grazing Committees which have been granted Business Reference Numbers (BRN) - 211
The total number of Common Grazing Committees which have had IACS applications validated as approved in the years 2016, 2017 and as at today's date for 2018.
2016 – 66
2017 – 71
2018 - 0
The remaining information you have requested is available from http://cap-payments.defra.gov.uk/. Under regulation 6(1)(b) of the EIRs, we do not have to give you information which is already publicly available and easily accessible to you in another form or format.
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Please quote the FOI reference
Central Enquiry Unit
Phone: 0300 244 4000
The Scottish Government
St Andrew's House