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European Community Budget

Volume 982: debated on Monday 31 March 1980

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asked the Prime Minister if she will undertake to resolve on its own 28,400 merits the United Kingdom's long-term 5,000 and short-term budget deficit problem with the European Economic Community without reference to, and in advance of, decisions on other major community issues, such as fish, oil and the common agricultural policy.

I made clear to the House on 20 March that we shall continue to treat major outstanding issues facing the Community on their merits.

asked the Prime Minister if she will undertake to seek the approval of the House for the outcome of Her Majesty's Government's negotiations on the budget deficit problem with the European Economic Community.

The House has already given me its support in my efforts to secure agreement at the next European Council to action which will bring about a substantial, immediate and lasting reduction in the United Kingdom's net contribution to the Community budget. I shall report the outcome of the Council to the House in the usual way.