§ Paul Flynn
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what her most recent estimate is of the cost to the average British family of all subsidies paid to the farming industry and to rural areas in(a) 1999–2000, (b) 2000–01 and (c) 2001–02. 
§ Mr. Morley
Transfers to producers under agricultural policies take place through taxpayer expenditure and through higher prices to consumers. We estimate that the total average weekly cost, to a notional family of four, of all transfers under the CAP and UK national agricultural policies was between £11–£12 in 1999 and £9–£10 in 2000 (the latest year for which estimates are available).