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Council Of Europe

Volume 977: debated on Monday 28 January 1980

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asked the Lord Privy Seal what is the current annual cost of Great Britain's participation in the Council of Europe.

In the financial year ending 31 March 1979, the following sums were paid to the Council of Europe:

Ordinary and pensions budgets3,140,938
Extraordinary budget577,477
Youth budget92,477
Partial agreement in the social and public health field62,835·59
European pharmacopoeia92,646·74
In addition, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office spent an estimated £230,000 on the United Kingdom permanent delegation in Strasbourg. To arrive at the complete cost of United Kingdom participation in the Council of Europe it would also be necessary to include the cost of Ministerial and official attendance at meetings and the man-hours spent by London-based officials from several Government Departments in preparing briefing. I regret that these costs cannot be provided without disproportionate expenditure of time and resources.