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European Community Budget (United Kingdom Contribution)

Volume 986: debated on Wednesday 18 June 1980

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asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) when the first payments will be made to Great Britain of the European Economic Community budget rebate agreed at the European Economic Community Council meeting in Brussels on 30 May;(2) when he anticipates the first refund of payments from the European Economic off-peak telephone call from London to Glasgow and the price of a bottle of whisky are not readily available. Also, information on the prices of 10 gallons of heating oil, 100 kilowatts of electricity, 100 therms of domestic gas, 20 cigarettes and 1 pint of beer are not available for the year 1950.Assuming the worker to have gross weekly earnings equivalent to the average for all full-time manual men, and after allowing for deductions for income tax and national insurance, and for receipt of child benefits appropriate to a married man with two childen under the age of 11, the remaining information asked for in the question is as follows :Community; and whether the refund will be by means of payments for specific projects.

On the timing of payments, I refer the right hon. Member and the hon. Member to the answer that I gave to the hon. Member for Blackburn (Mr. Straw) earlier today.The supplementary Community expenditure in the United Kingdom under the proposed article 235 regulation will help to finance agreed expenditure programmes, not specific projects.