§ Mr. William Ross
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will publish the sums paid by the United Kingdom to the EC, the rebate and the net cost to the United Kingdom for each year since 1973.
§ Sir John Cope
[holding answer 17 November 1992]: Details of the United Kingdom's gross contribution, the refunds and abatement and of the net contribution after public sector receipts on the European Community Budget, for the years 1973 to 1989 were contained in a written answer given by the Financial Secretary to my hon. Friend the Member for Norfolk. North (Mr. Howell) on 20 March 1991, at columns 110–12. Details for 1990 and 1991 were published in June 1992 in the "Statement on the 1992 Community Budget", Cm. 1948. The table reproduces the information.
§ Mr. Portillo
[pursuant to his reply, 16 November 1992, c. 31–32]: The figure for social security benefits to the unemployed for 1984–85 should have been £6,320 million, and not £5,320 million as previously stated.