The Liberal Democrats are demanding that Britain’s multi-millionaire dukes
face a windfall tax designed to claw back some of theEuropean Union farm
subsidies they receive.
The call came from shadow environment and rural affairs spokesman Chris
Huhne after the Rural Payments Agency revealed they had benefited from
hundreds of thousands of pounds paid out under the Common Agricultural
The biggest payouts went to businesses such as Tate and Lyle (£2,359,000) and
the Co-op group’s Farmcare Limited (£2,359,000).
But the Duke of Westminster, one of Britain’s wealthist men, received
£421,000 through Grosvenor Farms; the Duke of Marlborough received £473,000
though his Blenheim Farm Partnership; and the Duke of Richmond’s Goodwood
Estate Company received £212,000.
Huhne said: ‘These figures show that the reforms of the Common Agricultural
policy have not gone far enough.
‘The government should consider a windfall tax on big farm subsidies that
would claw some of this largesse back for the taxpayer.
‘Subsidies designed to maintain the countryside are one thing, but subsidies
to maintain the Dukes of Marlborough, Richmond and Westminster are quite
Huhne studiously ignored the £467,000 paid to the Queen’s Sandringham Farms
and Royal Farms at Windsor and the £19,000 paid to Prince Charles’ Duchy of
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