HC Deb 06 November 1980 vol 991 c629W
Mr. Marlow

asked the Lord Privy Seal what would be the likely financial effects on the United Kingdom for the first five years of Spanish and Portuguese accession to the EEC; and, if no estimate can be made, if Her Majesty's Government will not permit such accessions until proper estimates can be made.

Sir Ian Gilmour

No reliable figures can be given at this stage. Much will depend on changes in the Community's internal arrangements before Portuguese and Spanish accession. British support for such accession remains firm, but in the negotiations both on internal changes and with the applicants the Government will have very much in mind the need to keep down the budgetary costs to the United Kingdom.