EU farming subsidies for the Royal family must stay secret

Tony Gosling tony at
Sun Feb 20 00:38:18 GMT 2011

EU farming subsidies for the Royal family must stay secret
By Mail On Sunday Reporter - 19th February 2011
Ministers have ordered an information blackout on 
the massive farming subsidies paid to the Queen, 
Prince Charles and dozens of other wealthy landowners.
Payouts, which in past years have amounted to 
£500,000 to the Queen and more than £100,000 to 
the Prince of Wales, will remain secret because 
publication has been deemed an invasion of 
privacy by the European Court of Justice.
But freedom of information groups point out that 
the court ruling applies only to identifying 
private individuals, and that large farming 
concerns ­ which might include those owned by the 
Queen and the Prince ­ could still be named.
The Department for the Environment said it was 
'administratively not feasible' to separate 
company and private details, so it was banning publication of both.
A total of 80,000 farmers were paid £1 billion in 
EU farming subsidies for the past year.

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