§ Mr. Malcolm Bruce
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to his Department's paper, "European Community Finances", if he will calculate the United Kingdom's net payments to European Community institutions in 1998–99, on the same basis as the figures 435W given for European Communities' expenditure in Table B 18, page 128 of the Financial Statement and Budget Report, March 1998. 
§ Mrs. Liddell
[holding answer 18 May 1998]: The figure for 1998–99 given in Table B18 of the Financial Statement and Budget Report, March 1998, represents the latest estimate of trended net payments to EC Institutions for that year. There are no plans to recalculate and publish this figure on a trend basis. The Government are, however, currently assessing more detailed cash flow figures for 1998–99. These will be published as part of the Comprehensive Spending Review.