HC Deb 11 July 1983 vol 45 cc256-7W
Mr. Spearing

asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will tabulate in the Official Report for each calendar year from 1959 the contributions made by the United Kingdom to the own resources of the European Communities from each of the three principal sources of tariffs, levies and proportion of value added tax assessment, respectively, together with the sums received in normal payments in respect of agricultural, regional, and social funds, respectively, other payments, and the additional repayment in respect of the May 1980 mandate, together with respective annual totals showing net and gross receipts and payments, with and without, additional repayments.

Mr. Ridley

[pursuant to his reply, 28 June 1983, c. 5]: The information for each calendar year 1973 to 1982 and for the first quarter of 1983 is given in the table following:

1973 1974 1975 1976 1977 1978 1979 1980 1981 1982 1983
Refunds¶ 98 693 1,019 568
Net payments after refunds¶ 102 31 •-56 167 369 822 947 706 397 606 -272
* VAT own resources were first paid by the United Kingdom in 1979. In 1978 the United Kingdom made a GNP-based financial contribution.
† United Kingdom made payments on the basis of pre-determined financing shares during 1973–77. Therefore no accurate breakdown between categories of own resources is available.
‡ Compensation to United Kingdom for contributing on basis of full resources system under Article 131 of Accession Treaty.
║ EAGGF=European Agricultural Guidance and Guarantee Fund.
¶ Refunds to United Kingdom payable under agreements of 30 May 1980, 25 May and 26 October 1982 and a negative sign indicates a net receipt.
•Only one quarter's figure available. During that period the United Kingdom received 90 per cent, of the refunds provision included in 1983 Budget. n/a=Not available.