Agriculture: Subsidies

HM Treasury written question – answered on 19th December 2014.

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Photo of Bob Neill Bob Neill Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (Substitute Member), Vice-Chair, Conservative Party

To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of the likely annual reduction in CAP subsidies to farmers arising from the change to disallow grazing under a solar farm.

Photo of Priti Patel Priti Patel The Exchequer Secretary

The total Common Agricultural Policy allocation for the Basic Payment Scheme for England will be unaffected by the change in eligibility of land used for solar panels from 2015. There will be reductions in payments for English farmers who are currently claiming on land on which there are solar panels. In the future, they will not be able to claim BPS payments on this land.

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