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European Union

Volume 410: debated on Friday 19 September 2003

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:To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the change in Britain's annual financial contribution to the European Union will be after 1 May. [131274]

:The Government publishes a trended forecast of the UK's net contribution to the EC Budget. The latest forecast, which was published in the Chancellor of the Exchequer's Budget Report (HC 500 (Table C11, footnote 3)), covers the period up to 2005–06 and includes the additional costs to the UK arising from enlargement.

:To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the cost of membership of the European Union was in each year since 1997; and what these figures are expressed as a sum per taxpayer. [131276]

Details of the United Kingdom's net contribution to the EC budget for each of the years 1997–98 to 2002–03, including an estimate per taxpayer, are set out in the following table:

Net contribution (£ million)Net contribution per taxpayer (£)
Estimates of taxpayers based on the 1999–2000 Survey of Personal Incomes (SPI) have been temporarily withdrawn.


Figures for 1997–98 to 2001–02 are outturn, the figure for 2002–03 is an estimated outturn.


Net contribution figures taken from Table 3.1 of 2003 European Community Finances White Paper "Statement on the 2003 EC Budget and measures to counter fraud and financial mismanagement" (Cm 5800).

Net contribution per taxpayer calculated by dividing net contribution figure by number of taxpayers shown in Table 1.4 of Inland Revenue Statistics.

:To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will make a statement on the financial management of the European Union. [131388]

The Government publish an annual statement on European Community Finances, which includes details of recent developments in financial management and the fight against fraud. The most recent Statement was published in April 2003 (Cm 5800).