§ Mr. Teddy Taylor
asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food what estimate he has made of the addition to national spending in consequence of the transfer of responsibility for agricultural spending from the European Economic Community to national Governments in the price review in respect of 1986; and if he will make a statement.
§ Mr. Jopling
The decision to reduce the Community's reimbursement to member states for their national expenditure on intervention operations will cut Community expenditure by about 300 million ecu a year according to Commission estimates. As I explained in my reply to the hon. Member for Walthamstow (Mr. Deakins) on 14 May the overall effect on United Kingdom public expenditure is expected to be broadly neutral.