Power to provide for phasing out direct payments and delinked payments

Part of Agriculture Bill – in a Public Bill Committee at 3:45 pm on 1st November 2018.

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Photo of Robert Goodwill Robert Goodwill Conservative, Scarborough and Whitby 3:45 pm, 1st November 2018

It strikes me as well, of course, that the farmer could take the payment but then his wife could establish a new business, in which case perhaps there would not really be a fundamental change; it was just a mechanism. I wonder if the hon. Gentleman shares my concerns and whether the Minister could comment on that situation.