§ Q38. Mr. David Price
asked the Prime Minister if she will make a statement upon her recent visit to Italy.
§ The Prime Minister
I paid an official visit to Rome on 4 and 5 October at the invitation of the Italian Prime Minister Signor Cossiga, accompanied by my noble Friend the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs. In604W the course of wide-ranging discussions in international issues we covered a number of European Community questions; in particular I raised the problem of the disproportionate United Kingdom net contribution to the EEC budget, on which I underlined the necessity of reaching a satisfactory solution at the meeting of the European Council in Dublin on 29 and 30 November.