A fresh call has been made for a Holyrood inquiry into the Scottish Government’s bungled handout of EU subsidies to farmers.
Hundreds of Scots farmers are still waiting for their full CAP payment, with the slow roll-out having a major knock-on effect to rural communities.
More than £170m has been spent on the IT system designed to try and deliver the payments, but it has been beset with “multiple failures”.
Calling for a parliamentary inquiry into the “shocking situation”, Peter Chapman, a Tory North East MSP, said more than 1,000 farmers are still waiting for their full payment.
Speaking after the debate, the Scottish Liberal Democrats’ Mike Rumbles added: “I hope that in the coming weeks the First Minister will hold her hands up, apologise to our farmers and their families, and give a cast iron guarantee this bungle will not happen again.”
A Scottish Government spokeswoman said a total of £357m had been paid to date.
She added: “There remains a relatively small number of CAP claims which are taking longer to progress because they are complicated and eligibility is still being confirmed.”