§ Baroness Jeger
asked Her Majesty's Government:
What is the present annual subsidy being paid from the common agricultural policy funds to tobacco growers in the European Union; and what proportion of this is paid by United Kingdom taxpayers. [HL2727]
§ The Parliamentary Secretary, Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food (Lord Donoughue)
In 1997, the EU spent 998 million ecu (£670 million*) on subsidies under the EU tobacco regime.
Member states contribute to the EU budget as a whole and not to any particular part. Our contribution is about 17 per cent before our Fontainebleau abatement is taken into account.
* using an exchange rate of 1 ecu = £0.67128.