Tobacco Growing Subsidy

House of Lords written question – answered at on 16 January 2002.

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Photo of Baroness Jeger Baroness Jeger Labour

asked Her Majesty's Government:

What was the last annual United Kingdom contribution to the subsidy towards the growing of tobacco in European Union countries; and to what third world countries tobacco subsidised by the United Kingdom is exported.

Photo of Lord Whitty Lord Whitty Parliamentary Under-Secretary, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)

Member States contribute to the EU budget as a whole and not to any particular part. The UK contribution is about 12.7 per cent after the effect of the Fontainebleau abatement has been taken into account.

In the financial year* ending 15 October 2001, 967 meuro (£597 million**) was paid in EU subsidies to tobacco growers.

In the year 2000, unmanufactured tobacco was exported from the EU to the developing countries and developing transitional countries shown in the table.

D Afghanistan
D Algeria
D Antigua, Barb
D Argentina
D Armenia
D Azerbaijan
D Bangladesh
T Belarus
D Bolivia
D Bosnia-Herz.
D Brazil
T Bulgaria
D Burkina Faso
D Chile
D China
D Colombia
D Croatia
T Czech Rep.
D Dominican R.
D Ecuador
D Egypt
D Ethiopia
D For.JRep.Mac
D Gabon
D Gambia
D Georgia
D Ghana
D Guatemala
D Guinea
D Honduras
T Hungary
D India
D Indonesia
D Iran
D Ivory Coast
D Jamaica
D Jordan
D Kasakhstan
D Kenya
D Kyrghistan
T Latvia
D Lebanon
T Lithuania
D Madagascar
D Malawi
D Malaysia
D Mali
D Malta
D Mauritania
D Mauritius
D Mexico
D Moldova
D Morocco
D Mozambique
D North Korea
D Paraguay
D Philippines
T Poland
T Romania
T Russia
D Rwanda
D Saudi Arabia
D Senegal
D Serb.Monten.
T Slovakia
D Slovenia
D South Africa
D Sri Lanka
D Tadjikistan
D Tanzania
D Thailand
D Trinidad, Tob
D Tunisia
D Turkey
D Uganda
T Ukraine
D Uruguay
D Uzbekistan
D Venezuela
D Vietnam
D Zambia
D Zimbabwe

D = Developing Countries and Territories (Official Development Assistance).

T = Countries and Territories in Transition (Official Aid).

* Source: European Agriculture Guidance and Guarantee Fund (EAGGF).

** £1 = 1.6202 euro.

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