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Agriculture: Subsidies

Volume 474: debated on Tuesday 1 April 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what plans his Department has for provision of financial support to farms after 2013. (196198)

Decisions on financial support to farms under the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) post-2013 will be reached during the EU future financing negotiations for 2014-20, which should commence in 2010-11.

The joint DEFRA/Treasury Vision for the CAP, published in 2005, envisages the abolition of Pillar 1, including direct support payments to farmers, by 2015-20. A central tenet of this Vision is that farmers should be rewarded by the market for their outputs, and by the taxpayer only for producing societal benefits that the market cannot deliver. Our Vision foresees that with Pillar 1 abolished, residual EU spending on agriculture would be based on Pillar 2.