Agriculture: Subsidies

Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs written question – answered on 22nd March 2018.

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Photo of Julie Cooper Julie Cooper Shadow Minister (Health and Social Care) (Community Health)

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what information his Department holds on what the maximum amount is that a national government can spend on farming subsidies according to World Trade Organisation rules.

Photo of George Eustice George Eustice The Minister of State, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

Farming subsidies are covered by the World Trade Organisation (WTO) Agreement on Agriculture which was adopted by WTO members (including the UK) in 1994. This agreement sets out conditions under which domestic support in favour of agricultural producers may be made. More information can be found on the WTO website:

https://www.wto.org/english/tratop_e/agric_e/ag_intro03_domestic_e.htm.

Individual WTO members’ commitments can be found here:

https://www.wto.org/english/tratop_e/agric_e/supporting_tables_e.htm

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