HC Deb 18 June 2002 vol 387 cc216-7W
Mrs. Lawrence

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much the average UK family of four contributed to the CAP in the last year for which estimates are available. [60558]

Mr. Morley

Individuals in the UK contribute to the CAP as consumers through higher food prices and as taxpayers through CAP direct support payments.

We estimate that, in 2000, a notional UK family of four paid £4-£5 per week in higher food prices as a result of the CAP. UK taxpayers do not contribute specifically to the CAP; rather, they contribute to the EU b dget as a whole. Total EU payments in 2000 were approximately £51 billion (83 billion euros), of which around £25 billion (40.5 billion euros) was spent under the CAP. The UK currently provides around 13.5 per cent. of total budgetary contributions.

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