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Ec (United Kingdom Contribution)

Volume 202: debated on Tuesday 21 January 1992

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To ask the Prime Minister if he will raise at the next meeting of the European Council the size of the net contribution made by the United Kingdom to the EC; and if he will make a statement.

I have at present no plans to do so. The Fontainebleau mechanism negotiated in 1984 continues to provide a significant abatement to our contributions, with a cumulative benefit of some £12.5 billion by the end of 1992.