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European Community Budget (United Kingdom Contribution)

Volume 984: debated on Tuesday 6 May 1980

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asked the Prime Minister whether the ceiling on United Kingdom net contribution suggested at the Luxembourg conference of £325 million assumed that the benefit of monetary compensatory amounts on trade between the United Kingdom and other European Economic Community countries accrue to the United Kingdom.

At present we have a positive MCA for milk products and only a small negative MCA for other products, so the effect on the calculations of the method of constructing MCAs would be likely to be small in the current year.

asked the Prime Minister what arguments were put forward by European Heads of Government to suggest that the United Kingdom's net contribution to the EEC budget should be as high as £325 million per year.

After the Dublin European Council in November 1979 I made it clear that, in order to achieve a genuine compromise, we were willing to be a modest net contributor to the Community budget. At Luxembourg we discussed what a reasonable level of net contribution might be. A number of proposals, supported by differing arguments, were advanced during the discussions. Amongst the proposals the lowest sum was for £325 million in 1980. The

PLACES AVAILABLE IN LOCAL AUTHORITY RESIDENTIAL ACCOMMODATION FOR THE MENTALLY HANDICAPPED *
Year
19751976197719781979
Clwyd86861249480
Dyfed4141414141
Gwent75767110095
Gwynedd2048486383
Mid Glamorgan709696117143
Powys204453
South Glamorgan115114120125135
West Glamorgan3438383838
Wales441499558622668
* Places in local authority staffed and unstaffed homes at 31 March of each year. Includes places in homes which cater for both the mentally ill and mentally handicapped.

problem which prevented agreement was how much we should pay in succeeding years.