HC Deb 21 January 2003 vol 398 c213W
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. [90256]

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).

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