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EU Budget

Volume 486: debated on Tuesday 13 January 2009

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the total gross amount paid to the EU budget was by each EU member state in the last year for which figures are available. (246688)

Details of each member state's gross contributions, after taking account of the UK abatement, can be found Tables 2A (euro) and 2B (sterling) (pages 48 and 50) of the 2008 European Community Finances White Paper (Cm 7462) published on 10 September 2008.

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will make it his policy to reduce the level of the UK’s net contribution to the EU budget until the level of UK debt is reduced to below the average of EU countries; and if he will make a statement. (246689)

The Government are committed to radical reform of the EU budget, including the common agricultural policy as set out in “Global Europe: vision for a 21st century budget” published on 19 June 2008.