[Mr Mike Weir in the Chair] — Common Agricultural Policy

Part of the debate – in Westminster Hall at 2:56 pm on 8th March 2012.

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Photo of Barry Gardiner Barry Gardiner Labour, Brent North 2:56 pm, 8th March 2012

I agree with the hon. Lady on the importance of local understanding in the distribution of funds; they should be managed locally. However, has she considered that perhaps in other parts of the EU—not within the UK—there might be countries that could abuse or rig such a system to ensure more finances for their own farmers? That would not be good for farming in general or for the CAP’s objectives as a whole. Indeed, it would not be good for the environment.