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Common Foreign And Security Policy

Volume 301: debated on Tuesday 25 November 1997

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To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement about the United Kingdom contributions to the European Union budget activities on the Common foreign and security policy. [16022]

The 1997 EU budget for the common foreign and security policy makes provision for commitments of up to 30 Mecu (ie about £22.1 million). Britain's gross contribution is approximately 15 per cent. of expenditure, ie up to £3.32 million depending on the prevailing exchange rate.