HC Deb 13 February 1998 vol 306 c436W
Mrs. Lait

To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food what progress is being made in abolishing the tobacco subsidy to EU growers. [29051]

Mr. Rooker

The Commission is expected to introduce its proposals for reform of the tobacco regime at the Agriculture Council on 16/17 February. The Government will continue to press for disengagement from support. With producer Member States in a majority, abolition of the subsidy is unlikely.

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