Agriculture: Subsidies

Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs written question – answered on 9th November 2015.

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Photo of Lord Stoddart of Swindon Lord Stoddart of Swindon Independent Labour

To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of the European Union policy of requiring farmers to erect notices advertising the European Union if they receive grants; whether such notices require planning consent; and whether they will require that all such advertising notices should also indicate information about the ratio of United Kingdom contributions to the European Union budget and the sums returned by way of grants to farmers and others.

Photo of Lord Gardiner of Kimble Lord Gardiner of Kimble Captain of the Queen's Bodyguard of the Yeomen of the Guard (HM Household) (Deputy Chief Whip, House of Lords)

EU regulations require any business who receives over €500,000 for capital items to display a billboard setting out:

We expect less than 1% of all agreements will be large enough to meet this requirement.

However, the Minister of State for farming, food and marine environment will be considering how this requirement might be removed in future CAP regulations.

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