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European Communities

Volume 884: debated on Thursday 23 January 1975

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asked the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if, in furtherance of the Government policy for fair presentation of public issues, he will ascertain from the European Communities what funds are being directly or indirectly devoted by them to information, publicity and allied services within the United Kingdom.

The Community budget provides for direct expenditure of approximately £2·5 million on information activities in 1975 in the Community as a whole and in third countries. The Community budgetary system does not provide for this figure to be broken down into national totals.I do not regard this Community expenditure, which is part of a continuing information programme, as relevant to the question of fair presentation.