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European Community Budget (United Kingdom Contribution)

Volume 981: debated on Wednesday 26 March 1980

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asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much in figures and in percentage terms in the United Kingdom's gross contributions to the budget of the European Community, from the latest figures for which information is available, is represented by the United Kingdom levy payments and duties on imports from non-European Economic Community countries divided between (a) foodstuffs and agricultural products, and (b) finished industrial goods, and (c) raw materials; and what is the pro rata extrapolation of the above figures in respect of the United Kingdom estimated net contribution of £1·310 million in 1980.

[pursuant to his reply 24 March 1980, c. 450]: The latest available information, based on United Kingdom sources, in respect of the calendar year 1979 is shown in the table below. The figures for 1980 have been based on a pro rata attribution of the 1979 percentages for categories (a), (b) and (c) to the Commission figure of £2,233 million for the United Kingdom gross contribution in 1980 given to my hon. Friend the Member for Northampton,

£ million or percentage
AmountPer cent.Amount
United Kingdom gross contribution of which:1,958100·02,233
(a) foodstuffs and agricultural products*39019·9445
(b) finished industrial goods†48524·8553
(c) raw materials including petroleum and petroleum products‡70·48
*SITC 0 and 4.
† SITC 7 and 8.
‡ SITC 2 and 3.33.