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Agricultural Support

Volume 82: debated on Monday 8 July 1985

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asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food if he will publish in the Official Report a table showing (a) the amount spent on agricultural support in the United Kingdom under the common agricultural policy and by national grants and subsidies and (b) the expenditure on agricultural support as a percentage of the gross domestic product, for the years 1960–61, 1970–71, 1980–81, 1981–82, 1982–83, 1983–84 and 1984–85, respectively.

The information requested is as follows:guarantee section of the European agricultural guidance and guarantee fund, excluding fisheries, the Commission has estimated that maximum permitted expenditure under the guideline in 1986 will be 20·6 billion ecu. This represents 59 per cent. of the total expenditure the Commission intends to propose in its preliminary draft budget for 1986. The percentage shares of total budget taken by this expenditure since 1980 are as follows:

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