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Ec Contributions

Volume 173: debated on Tuesday 5 June 1990

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To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what percentage of the total net contributions to the European Economic Community was borne by the United Kingdom in the most recent annual period for which figures are available; and if he will publish a table showing the net contributions or net receipts in respect of each member state.

The "Statement on the 1990 Community Budget" (Cm. 1059) includes an estimate of £2,175 million for the United Kingdom's net contribution to the European Economic Community in 1990. It is not possible to express this amount as a percentage of total net contributions as the net balances of member states will sum to zero after allowance is made for unallocated expenditure (mainly aid and some administration), miscellaneous revenue and budget surpluses.Comparable information about the net balances of other member states is not available.