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Ec (Contributions)

Volume 114: debated on Thursday 23 April 1987

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asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will publish a table showing the net contribution made by the United Kingdom to the European Economic Community in each calendar year since 1973; and if he will express the contribution over the entire period as an amount per day in pounds sterling.

I refer my hon. Friend to the answer given to my hon. Friend the Member for Norfolk, North (Mr. Howell) on 22 April, at columns 577–78. The latest available figures for the United Kingdom's net contribution to the Community budget for the period 1 January 1973 to 31 December 1986 is £7,772 million. This represents an average net payment of £1·52 million a day since accession.