§ 51. Sir Anthony Meyer
asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer what proportion of total United Kingdom public expenditure for the financial year 1981–82 will be accounted for by the United Kingdom's net contribution to the European Economic Community budget.
§ Mr. Brittan
Estimates of the net contribution and of total public expenditure were published in the last public expenditure White Paper, Cmnd. 8175, of March 1981—see tables 1.1, page 4, and 2.2.1, page 35. This shows that the proportion was then expected to be about ½ per cent. For a more up-to-date estimate, I ask my hon. Friend to wait for the forthcoming public expenditure White Paper, to be published next month.