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European Community (Member States' Contributions)

Volume 13: debated on Monday 16 November 1981

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asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether the European Commission has made available to Her Majesty's Government estimates of the net contributions of each member State in 1978, 1979, 1980 and 1981; and if he will publish these in the Official Report.

The Commission has made available the following estimates of net contributions (-) and receipts in respect of the Community budgets for 1980 and 1981:

million ecus
19801981
Germany-1,540-1,647
France423624
Netherlands441223
Belgium255388
Denmark331302
Luxembourg232282
United Kingdom-1,521-1,505
Italy735619
Ireland644591
Greecena123
These estimates—which the Government are studying—are intended to be on the basis used in the agreement of 30 May 1980 on United Kingdom budget refunds. The figures do not take account of the agreement itself, which gave the United Kingdom net refunds of 1,175 million ecus in respect of 1980 and 1,420 million ecus in respect of 1981. The Commission has not, to our knowledge, provided comparable estimates for 1978 and 1979.