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Ec Budget

Volume 79: debated on Monday 20 May 1985

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asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer what is the base year for calculating the share of agriculture in the European Economic Community budget; what is the resultant percentage ceiling; and how this figure compares with the outturn in 1984 and the forecast for 1985.

I refer the hon. Member to the answer I gave to the hon. Member for Great Grimsby (Mr. Mitchell) on 14 May. The forecast financial guideline figure for agricultural expenditure in 1986 of 20,650 million ecu compares with an estimated outturn for agricultural expenditure in 1984 of 18,340 million ecu and planned provision for agricultural expenditure in 1985 of 19,955 million ecu.