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Ec (Own Resources)

Volume 83: debated on Friday 19 July 1985

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asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will make a statement about the payment in July of June non-value added tax own resources to the European Communities.

In accordance with article 10(2) of Council regulation 2891/77, the Commission has invited member states to pay on 22 July instead of 20 August non-VAT own resources collected in June. These own resources consist of agricultural, sugar and isoglucose levies and customs duties. The Government are complying with this request.An amount not exceeding £118·4 million will be paid on 22 July: the payment of levies and duties on 20 August 1985 which is made under section 2(3) of the European Communities Act 1972 will be reduced by an appropriate amount. There will therefore be no net addition to public expenditure.