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Ec (Expenditure)

Volume 86: debated on Thursday 14 November 1985

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asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer what was the actual spending by the European Economic Community on all its activities in 1983 and 1984; what was the authorised spending for 1985; what is the estimated spending for 1986; and what part of the 1986 total is in respect of enlargement.

The latest information on the estimated and actual expenditure from the budgets of the European Communities for these years is set out in the table below. Expenditure is not in general hypothecated to individual countries. The Budget Council did, however, make allowance for 567 million ecu in the 1986 draft budget to provide for EAGGF guarantee expenditure in Spain and Portugal; and the Commission has proposed some 560 million ecu other expenditure in Spain and Portugal for 1986, in addition to their refunds of own resources under the transitional arrangements.

198319841985mecu 1986
Budget of the European Communities24,31327,24928,43331,791
Sales of Land and Existing Buildings
£ million
1984–85 estimated outturn1985–86 plans1986–87* plans1987–88* plans
Defence45394040
Agriculture, fisheries, food and forestry10111010
Trade, industry, energy and employment8121010
Arts and libraries1
Roads and transport27212020
Housing1,4551,5281,3801,190
Other environmental services478460430440
Law, order and protective services51646060
Education and science65706060
Health and personal social services52626060
Other public services
Common services16101010
Scotland207187170150
Wales781088090
Northern Ireland45435050
Total sales of land and existing buildings2,5362,6162,3802,190
* Rounded to the nearest £10 million following the convention in the PEWP.

Sources: 1983 Court of Auditors annual report, December 1983: 1984 and 1985 adopted budgets of the European Communities: 1986 draft general budget.

asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether the supplementary payments made to the European Economic Community and recently approved by Parliament to cover agricultural spending in 1985 will be included within the figures of total expenditure in agriculture for 1985 or 1986, or whether they will not be included in either total.

The supplementary payment to the European Community approved in the European Communities (Finance) Act was in respect of the Community budget for 1985. Insofar as it relates to agricultural spending it will be included in the 1985 figures for expenditure on agriculture.