European Community (United Kingdom Membership)

Part of Oral Answers to Questions – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 24th July 1980.

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Photo of Mr Geoffrey Howe Mr Geoffrey Howe , East Surrey 12:00 am, 24th July 1980

Without doubting the figures that my hon. Friend has quoted, I accept the extent to which the common agricultural policy and other aspects inflict significant non-budgetary losses on the commodities that he mentioned. We drew that to the attention of Community Finance Ministers during negotiations, which were directed in the first instance at the budgetary problem. We shall certainly draw that point to their attention during the next stage of our discussions on the structure of the budget.