HC Deb 18 May 2004 vol 421 c832W
Mr. Hoyle

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much EU funding was given to growing tobacco in the last year for which figures are available; and if she will list the countries which benefited. [173772]

Alun Michael

The main recipients of tobacco subsidies are Greece. Italy, Spain and France. A table showing the tobacco premiums paid in each of the EU member states which benefited is as follows.

EU expenditure on tobacco premiums in 2002
€ million
Greece 369
Italy 330.8
Spain 115.4
France 80.4
Germany 35.1
Portugal 16.3
Belgium 3.9
Austria 0.9
Total 951.8
EU Commission