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EU: UK Contribution

Volume 692: debated on Monday 4 June 2007

asked Her Majesty's Government:

Further to the Written Answer by Lord Davies of Oldham on 14 May (WA 6), what is their best estimate of the United Kingdom's gross annual contributions to the European Union budget over the years 2007 to 2012 if (a) the United Kingdom's rebate is maintained, and (b) the rebate is not maintained. [HL3959]

Based on the European Commission’s forecasts and assumptions, and using the financial perspective table agreed on 17 December 2005, Treasury estimates for the United Kingdom’s gross contribution to the EC budget and the abatement were set out in an Answer given in the other place on 31 January 2006 and are as follows:

£ billion 2004 prices (payments)

Gross contribution before abatement

Abatement

2007

-14.2

3.9

2008

-14.6

4.6 to 4.7

2009

-13.7

4.8 to 4.9

2010

-14.4

3.8 to 3.9

2011-13

-14.1 to -14.5

3.5 to 4.1

Later calendar year estimates for the United Kingdom’s contributions to the EC budget will be published annually in the Government’s European Community finances White Paper. The 2007 edition of this White Paper (Cm 7090) was published on 22 May 2007.