Commentary

41 Eligible hectares at the claimant's disposal

AGRICULTURE vol 2(2)
| Commentary

41 Eligible hectares at the claimant's disposal

| Commentary

41 Eligible hectares at the claimant's disposal

The owner of entitlements does not need to own the eligible hectares of land against which he is ‘matching’ his entitlements; he needs only to have them at his disposalon 15 May1. Defra has issued guidance notes explaining the meaning of this phrase2. Although each situation should be examined on its own merits3 the basic rules appear to be as follows:

  1. 41.1

        Tenants: tenants in occupation clearly have the tenanted land ‘at their disposal’;

  2. 41.2

        Contractors: a true contractor will probably not have land ‘at his disposal’, particularly if it is clear that

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