HC Deb 25 March 2004 vol 419 c1035W
Miss McIntosh

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs under what powers payments by the United Kingdom to the European Union budget are made. [161395]

Ruth Kelly

I have been asked to reply.

United Kingdom contributions to the EC budget are made under the European Communities Act 1972 as amended. This provides the framework within which the UK makes payments required by or under the Treaties listed in section 1(2) of that Act.