§ Mr. Deakins
asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what have been the costs, both direct and indirect, to the United Kingdom taxpayer of operating a deficiency payments system for sheepmeat.
§ Mr. Buchanan-Smith
Member states contribute to the Community's budget as a whole and not to individual common agricultural policy regimes. In 1982 the Community financed expenditure on sheepmeat premiums totalling about £140 million, of which £126 million was spent in the United Kingdom.