HC Deb 02 December 1980 vol 995 c79W
Mr. Teddy Taylor

asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) if it would be possible, on the basis of Great Britain's EEC obligations, to deduct the rebates agreed for 1980 and 1981 from the contributions which he makes to the EEC; and if he will make a statement;

(2) why, in view of the fact that about two-thirds of the rebate is payable only after individual projects have been approved for grant by EEC committees, he included the rebate from the EEC in his recent statement on public expenditure reductions for the current financial year;

(3) if the agreement with the EEC on the payment of rebates to the United Kingdom provided for the sums to be paid by the dates specified in the agreement whether or not there is agreement on a common fisheries policy; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Lawson

I shall let my hon. Friend have a reply as soon as possible.