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Common Agricultural Policy

Volume 458: debated on Monday 26 March 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what proportion of the UK’s budget for the Common Agricultural Policy was paid to farmers; and if he will make a statement. (129478)

[holding answer 23 March 2007]: Total ‘Farm-based scheme’ expenditure, as reflected in the Rural Payment Agency’s (RPA) 2005-06 Resource Account, amounted to £2,293,579,000. Total ‘Trader-based’ expenditure amounted to £313,664,000.

The percentage of farm-based expenditure is, therefore, 87.97 per cent.1.

These figures are accruals-based and cover England only.

1Sourced from Notes 5,6 and 7 of RPA’s 2005-06 Resource Account.