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UK Membership of EU

Question for Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

UIN HL5392, tabled on 25 January 2016

To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the impact on farm incomes in England and Wales for (1) all farmers, and (2) hill farmers, of a British exit from the EU.

Answered on

8 February 2016

The Government is fighting hard to fix the aspects of our EU membership that cause so much frustration in the UK, so that we get a better deal for our country and secure our future. We are confident that the right agreement can be reached.

Based on the latest set of published figures, approximately 130,000 beneficiaries receive support under EU Common Agricultural Policy schemes each year in England and Wales. The average payment is £18,500 or €21,000 a year per beneficiary.