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Agricultural Support

Volume 984: debated on Thursday 8 May 1980

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asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food what was the overall level of agricultural support in real values arising from both EEC and United Kingdom Government expenditure, for each year since 1970; and if he will make a statement.

Since 1970 expenditure by the United Kingdom Government under the EEC common agricultural policy and on national grants and subsidies has been as follows:

£ million 1979 survey prices
1970–71670
1971–72780
1972–73595
1973–74918
1974–751044
1975–76870
1976–77534
1977–78561
1978–79604
1979–80 provisional637
Further information relating to 1974–75 and subsequent years appears in table 2.3 of the Government's expenditure plans 1980–81 to 1983–84—Cmnd. 7841—and in the paragraphs which follow the table.