Rural Payments Agency boss Paul Caldwell has said he expects more than 90 per cent of farmers to have their BPS payments by the end of December this year.
Mr Caldwell was forced to make the statement by MPs on the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Select Committee after repeatedly refusing to commit to an official target.
He said: “I am not saying I do not want to give a target in case we miss it, I am saying it is probably unhelpful to focus on one aspect of the service.”
Carmarthen MP Simon Hart responded by telling Mr Caldwell timely payments were the only aspect of the RPA’s service which mattered to most farmers.
On cross-border claims, Mr Caldwell said good progress had been made. He also told the committee around 96 per cent of commons claims had been paid, in comparison to 96.4 per cent of general claims.
Julia Aglionby, executive director for the Foundation for Common Land, said she was ‘really pleased’ with the RPA’s engagement over the past three months – despite the fact top up payments had been made to over 2,200 commoners for 2015 BPS, twice the number predicted by the Agency last November.