HC Deb 10 June 2002 vol 386 cc836-7W
Barbara Follett

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when he will next publish details of United Kingdom financial transactions with European Community institutions. [60377]

Mr. Boateng

In order to bring details of all UK financial transactions with the EC into a single publication, information which has previously been included in the departmental report of the Chancellor of the Exchequer's Department will now be published in the Government's annual White Paper "European Community Finances". This change will take effect from the White Paper to be published in the summer. However, in advance of that, updated versions of tables 14a and 14b from the 2001 departmental report are set out in the tables.

Annexe B—forecast of the trend in the UK's contributions
1£ million
2002–03 2003–04
Trended net contributions to European Community budget 2,975 3,225
Contributions to reserves and capital of the EIB 0 0
Grants received from European coal and steel community 0 0
Payments to EC budget attributed to the aid programme2 -813 -861
Net payments to EC institutions (excluding overseas aid) 2,162 2,364
1 An exchange rate of £1 = 1.59 euro has been assumed.
2 For domestic/public expenditure planning purposes, part of the UK's contribution to the Community budget is attributed to the overseas aid programme. The aid programme also includes payments to the European Development Fund, not included here.