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Volume 979: debated on Monday 25 February 1980

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asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will tabulate the figures for the years 1978–79 and 1979–80 and those projected for 1980–81 by European Economic Community country of (a) net contribution to the European Economic Community, (b) gross contribution, (c) gross receipts, (d) receipts through the common agricultural policy, (e) gross receipts less common agricultural policy receipts, (f) common agricultural policy receipts as a percentage of gross contribution, (g) what each country's reduced gross contribution would be, or would have been, if the overall common agricultural policy cost were deducted on a pro rata basis rated against each country's gross national product and (h) what each country's net contribution would be or would have been in similar circumstances if there were no common agricultural policy receipts, monetary compensation amounts to be treated as a payment to the originating country.

[pursuant to his reply, 5 February 1980, c. 134–5]: The information in the table below is based on figures from Commission sources, which are only available on a calendar year basis. The figures in lines (g) and (h) respectively in the table do not truly represent what gross and net contributions by member States would be if the costs and benefits from the common agricultural policy were excluded from the EEC budget because these contributions depend on the flow of levies and duties which are independent of the components of the EEC budget.

£million§

1978

Belgium/Luxembourg

Denmark

Germany

France

Ireland

Italy

Netherlands

United Kingdom

(a) Net budget transfer*†-253-412+281+55-356+500-146+626
(b) Gross contributions†5241822,4821,537461,1528221,224
(c) Receipts7775942,2011,482402652968598
(d) CAP receipts‡4285491,7591,205378517859321
(e) Other receipts3494544227724135109277
(f) CAP receipts as a percentage of gross contribution81·7301·670·978·4821·744·9104·526·2
(g) Gross contribution less GNP share of CAP expenditure218135431019360423287
(h) Gross contribution less GNP share of CAP expenditure less other receipts-131-32+101-176-15+225+314+10

£million§

1979

Belgium Luxembourg

Denmark

Germany

France

Ireland

Italy

Netherlands

United Kingdom

(a) Net budget transfer*†-368-279+737+120-362-265-114+845
(b) Gross contribution†5832142,6161,708641,0348201,502
(c) Receipts9514931,8791,5884261,299934657
(d) CAP receipts†3783201,5641,326210931729340
(e) Other receipts573173315262216368205317
(f) CAP receipts as a percentage of gross contribution64·8149·559·877·6328·790·088·922·6
(g) Gross contribution less GNP share of CAP expenditure2763768021422136422448
(h) Gross contribution less GNP share of CAP expenditure less other receipts-297-136+365-48-194-232+217+131

£million§

1980

Belgium/Luxembourg

Denmark

Germany

France

Ireland

Italy

Netherlands

United Kingdom

(a) Net budget transfer*-542-240+833+96-342-448-250+1,310
(b) Gross contributions6762643,2832,179981,2569112,233
(c) Receipts1,2185042,4502,0834401,7041,161923
(d) CAP receipts‡5084082,0551,7372731,200946439
(e) Other receipts71096395346167504215484
(f) CAP receipts as a percentage of gross contribution75·1154·562·679·7278·695·5103·819·7
(g) Gross contribution less GNP share of CAP expenditure2944185826846162412975
(h) Gross contribution less GNP share of CAP expenditure less other receipts-416-55+463-78-121-342+197+491
* + Net contribution; - net receipt·
† After refunds under Article 131 of the Treaty of Accession.
‡ Receipts from the European Agricultural Guidance and Guarantee Fund.
§ Converted from EUA using the following exchange rates: 1978 £1=1·5062 EUA 1979 £1=1·5875 EUA. 1980 £1=1·4813 EUA.