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Ec (Payments)

Volume 124: debated on Monday 7 December 1987

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To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what was the total sum received from the European Economic Community in the most recent year for which figures are available; and what part of this total was in respect of the repayment of export rebates, food storage, and the destruction of food respectively.

The United Kingdom received £2,219 million from the European Economic Community budget during the calendar year 1986. During 1986 some £330 million (14·9 per cent.) was paid to the United Kingdom in respect of the repayment of export rebates, some £151 million (6·8 per cent.) for public intervention storage and some £4 million (0·2 per cent.) in respect of withdrawals of fresh fruit, vegetables and fish. In some circumstances withdrawn produce finds no end use and may be assumed to be spoilt or wasted, although the relevant expenditure is not separately identified.