HC Deb 13 February 1996 vol 271 cc498-9W
Mr. Olner

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what is his policy on United Kingdom Government contributions to European Union budget line B3–4004; and if he will make a statement. [13765]

Mr. Heathcoat-Amory

The budgetary commentary to line B3–4004 of the general budget of the European Communities cites as its legal base the agreement on social policy annexed to the social policy protocol to the treaty on European union, and in particular the European works council directive adopted under that agreement. Article 2 of the social policy protocol states that for acts adopted by the Council under this agreementany financial consequences other than administrative costs entailed for institutions shall not be applicable to the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland".