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Advertising Standards (Eec Report)

Volume 889: debated on Wednesday 9 April 1975

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asked the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what was the United Kingdom contribution to the report prepared for the EEC Commission on advertising standards; who financed the report as a whole; and what information he has as to the cost of the study to each of the member States.

I have been asked to reply.This study was financed by the European Commission by means of a grant made to the Bureau Européen des Consommateurs (BEUC). The part of the study dealing with advertising in the United Kingdom was carried out for the BEUC by the Consumers' Association. The grant was paid out of a section of the 1974 Community budget allocated to studies of consumer questions, which totaled 200,000 units of account.The United Kingdom contribution to the Community budget in 1974 was 11·04 per cent. of the total. The contributions of the other member States were: Belgium 7·06 per cent.; Denmark 1·41 per cent.: France 24·27 per cent.; Germany 28·47 per cent.; Ireland 0·35 per cent.; Italy 18·21 per cent.; Luxembourg 0·17 per cent.: Netherlands 9·02 per cent.