HC Deb 27 March 1975 vol 889 cc209-10W
Lord James Douglas-Hamilton

asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer what was Great Britain's net contribution in sterling to the EEC budget in 1974; and what percentage of Great Britain's total public expenditure this figure represents.

Mr. Joel Barnett:

The net United Kingdom contribution to the budget of the European Communities in 1974 was £31 million. This represented less than 0.1 per cent. of total public expenditure for the same period. The figure for the United Kingdom contribution in 1974 reflected some technical and other factors and does not provide a reliable guide for future years

Mr. Jay

asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer what was the size of the EEC budget in 1970, 1972, 1973 and 1974; what is the estimate for 1975; and how much has been or will be contributed by the United Kingdom in each period.

Mr. Joel Barnett:

The following is the information requested:

1970 1,913
1971 1,090
1972 1,544
1973 2,055
1974 2,177
1975 (estimated) 2,528

Gross contribution Receipts Net contribution
1973 181 77 104
1974 179 148 31
1975 (estimated) 305 230–240 65–75