PMQs query on Duke's farm funding

The amount of funding the Duke of Northumberland receives in farm subsidies was raised at Prime Minister's Questions last week.

Tuesday, 31st January 2017, 9:45 am
The Duke of Northumberland. Picture by Jane Coltman

During the session in the House of Commons last Wednesday, Labour MP Chris Bryant asked: “When the Prime Minister introduces a UK agricultural policy because we have left the common agricultural policy, will the Duke of Westminster still receive £407,000 a year, will the Duke of Northumberland still receive £475,000 a year, and will the Earl of Iveagh still receive £915,000 a year from the British taxpayer?”

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Prime Minister Theresa May replied: “The hon. gentleman is right that one of the tasks we will have when we leave the European Union is to decide what support is provided to agriculture as a result of our being outside the common agricultural policy.

“I assure him that we are taking the interests of all parts of the United Kingdom into account when we look at that system and what it should be in future.”