HL Deb 15 February 1984 vol 448 c347WA
Lord Houghton of Sowerby

asked Her Majesty's Government:

What is the approximate total annual cost to public funds of financial support to agriculture.

The Minister of State, Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food (Lord Belstead)

Details of the financial support given to agriculture over the period 1979–80 to 1983–84 are set out in Table 28 of the Annual Review of Agriculture 1984 (Cmnd. 9137) published on 3rd February. Forecast expenditure for 1983–84 is about £1.7 billion.