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Agriculture: Subsidies

Environment Food and Rural Affairs written question – answered on 12th December 2011.

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Photo of Tom Blenkinsop Tom Blenkinsop Opposition Whip (Commons)

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether she has made an estimate of the number of (a) hon. Members and (b) Members of the European Parliament who receive funding from the common agricultural policy.

Photo of James Paice James Paice The Minister of State, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

No such estimate has been made. It would not be possible to do so without incurring disproportionate cost as it would require considerable cross-checking between, for example, lists of hon. Members interests and the database of beneficiaries of common agricultural policy funds. Simply searching the database for hon. Members' (or MEPs') names would not identify any businesses in which they had an interest.

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