§ Mr. Shersby
asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer what is the total net contribution made by the United Kingdom to the European Economic Community expressed as a percentage of total United Kingdom public expenditure.
§ Mr. Ridley
Estimates of United Kingdom net payments to the European Community budget and of total public expenditure were published in the last public expenditure White Paper, Cmnd. 8494 of March 1982—see tables 1.1 and 2.2.1. The following table compares these estimates and shows United Kingdom net payments to the European Community budget as a percentage of the public expenditure planning total.809W
Net Payments European Community Budget Planning Total £ million Net Payments to the European Community Budget as a percentage of the Planning total 1981–82 160 106,130 0.15 1982–83 630 115,150 0.55 1983–84 710 121,070 0.59 1984–85 730 128,370 0.57