HC Deb 22 November 1982 vol 32 cc335-6W
Mr. Marlow

asked the Prime Minister what is the policy of Her Majesty's Government towards the European Economic Community Commission's proposal that the United Kingdom should continue to be a substantial net contributor to European Economic Community funds.

The Prime Minister

The Commission's recent communication on refunds for the United Kingdom for 1983 and after does not suggest what the size of our refunds or our net contribution after refunds should be. The communication provides a basis for discussion in the Community. The policy of Her Majesty's Government is to secure substantial refunds for Britain under the present budgetary system and in the longer term to seek its reform with a view to ensuring equitable net contributions from member countries.