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European Community (United Kingdom Receipts)

Volume 986: debated on Thursday 19 June 1980

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asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer, further to his reply to the hon. Member for Northampton North, Official Report, 12 June, column 246, what are the day to day decisions taken by the Community on which the phasing of the United Kingdom receipts from the European Economic Community depend.

The timing of receipts depends on the section of the Community budget concerned. In the case of the guarantee section of the EAGGF, for example, advances are made to member States by the 23rd day of each month, but the amounts advanced depend on decisions by the Commission based on the forecast level of demand previously submitted by member States. In the case of receipts from the guidance section of the EAGGF, the regional and social funds, the timing of payments depends on decisions by the Commission as to eligibility of applications put forward by member States, and also depends on the timing of claims by recipients and on the time taken by the Commission to process these claims.