§ Mr. Boswell
asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will make a statement on the outcome of the Budget Councils held on 17 and 18 September and 1 October.
§ Mr. Brooke
Further to my answer of 24 July, the Budget Council met on 17–18 September in Brussels and again on 1 October in Luxembourg to resume its discussions on the Commission's preliminary draft budget proposals for 1988. I represented the United Kingdom. I continued to make clear that any draft budget established must respect the Community's own resources ceiling. The Council failed to reach agreement on a draft 1988 budget.