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European Community Budget (United Kingdom Contribution)

Volume 984: debated on Thursday 15 May 1980

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asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer what is the total net British contribution to the European Community in the most recent measurable year; and what proportion of that contribution is used for agricultural purposes.

The United Kingdom net contribution to the European Community budget in 1979 was £959 million. Total Community expenditure on the European agricultural guidance and guarantee funds in 1979 is provisionally estimated to be about £7,000 million, but it is not possible to attribute a proportion of the United Kingdom net contribution to this figure in a meaningful way.