Agriculture: Subsidies

Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs written question – answered on 4th September 2018.

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Photo of Jo Stevens Jo Stevens Labour, Cardiff Central

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether the Government plans for the UK wide frameworks on agriculture to cover a joint agreement on the permissibility of the allocation of subsidies to farms that are not commercially viable independent of subsidies.

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

Each devolved administration will have the freedom to design policies that support their farming sectors and enhance their environment. Common frameworks should only be established where they are necessary and this includes the maintenance of a functioning UK internal market. Provided that policies comply with this framework, each administration can choose which sectors they want to support and which public goods they wish to buy.

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